Regular signal of a time-synchronous averaged signal
computes the regular signal
Y = tsaregular(
Y of the time-synchronous averaged (TSA)
X using sampling rate
rpm, and the orders to be retained
Y is computed by retaining the
primary frequency, the components in
orderList, and their respective
X. You can use
Y to further
extract condition indicators of rotating machinery for predictive maintenance. For
example, extracting the FM0 indicator from
is useful in identifying major changes such as gear tooth breakage or heavy wear in a gear
tsaregular(___) with no output arguments plots the
time-domain and frequency-domain plots of the raw and regular TSA signals.
Consider a drivetrain with six gears driven by a motor that is fitted with a vibration sensor, as depicted in the figure below. Gear 1 on the motor shaft meshes with gear 2 with a gear ratio of 17:1. The final gear ratio, that is, the ratio between gears 1 and 2 and gears 3 and 4, is 51:1. Gear 5, also on the motor shaft, meshes with gear 6 with a gear ratio of 10:1. The motor is spinning at 180 RPM, and the sampling rate of the vibration sensor is 50 KHz. To retain the signal containing the meshing components of the gears 1 and 2, gears 3 and 4 and, the shaft rotation, specify their gear ratios of 17 and 51 in
orderList. The signal components corresponding to the shaft rotation (order = 1) is always implicitly included in the computation.
rpm = 180; fs = 50e3; t = (0:1/fs:(1/3)-1/fs)'; % sample times orderList = [17 51]; f = rpm/60*[1 orderList 10];
In practice, you would use measured data such as vibration signals obtained from an accelerometer. For this example, generate TSA signal
X, which is the simulated data from the vibration sensor mounted on the motor.
X = sin(2*pi*f(1)*t) + sin(2*pi*2*f(1)*t) + ... % motor shaft rotation and harmonic 3*sin(2*pi*f(2)*t) + 3*sin(2*pi*2*f(2)*t) + ... % gear mesh vibration and harmonic for gears 1 and 2 4*sin(2*pi*f(3)*t) + 4*sin(2*pi*2*f(3)*t) + ... % gear mesh vibration and harmonic for gears 3 and 4 2*sin(2*pi*10*f(1)*t); % gear mesh vibration for gears 5 and 6
Compute the regular signal of the TSA signal using the sample time, rpm, and the mesh orders to be retained.
Y = tsaregular(X,t,rpm,orderList);
Y is a vector containing everything except the gear mesh signal and harmonics for gears 5 and 6.
Visualize the regular signal, the raw TSA signal, and their amplitude spectrum on a plot.
From the amplitude spectrum plot, observe the following components:
The retained component at the 17th order and its harmonic at the 34th order
The second retained component at the 51st order and its harmonic at the 102nd order
The filtered mesh components for gears 5 and 6 at the 10th order
The retained shaft component at the 1st and 2nd orders
The amplitudes on the spectrum plot match the amplitudes of individual signals
In this example,
sineWavePhaseMod.mat contains the data of a phase modulated sine wave.
XT is a timetable with the sine wave data and
rpm used is 60 RPM. The sine wave has a frequency of 32 Hz and to recover the unmodulated sine wave, use 32 as the
Load the data and the required variables.
ans=4×1 timetable Time Data ______________ _______ 0 sec 0 0.00097656 sec 0.2011 0.0019531 sec 0.39399 0.0029297 sec 0.57078
Note that the time values in
XT are strictly increasing, equidistant, and finite.
Compute the regular signal and its amplitude spectrum. Set the value of
'frequency' since the orders are in Hz.
[Y,S] = tsaregular(XT,rpm,orders,'Domain','frequency')
Y=1024×1 timetable Time Data ______________ __________ 0 sec -2.552e-15 0.00097656 sec 0.14928 0.0019531 sec 0.29283 0.0029297 sec 0.42512 0.0039062 sec 0.54108 0.0048828 sec 0.63624 0.0058594 sec 0.70695 0.0068359 sec 0.75049 0.0078125 sec 0.7652 0.0087891 sec 0.75049 0.0097656 sec 0.70695 0.010742 sec 0.63624 0.011719 sec 0.54108 0.012695 sec 0.42512 0.013672 sec 0.29283 0.014648 sec 0.14928 ⋮
S = 1024×1 complex 0.0000 + 0.0000i 0.0000 - 0.0000i 0.0000 + 0.0000i 0.0000 + 0.0000i -0.0000 - 0.0000i -0.0000 - 0.0000i -0.0000 - 0.0000i -0.0000 + 0.0000i 0.0000 + 0.0000i -0.0000 - 0.0000i ⋮
Y is a timetable that contains the regular signal, that is, the unmodulated sine wave, while
S is a vector that contains the amplitude spectrum of the regular signal
In this example,
sineWaveAmpMod.mat contains the data of an amplitude modulated sine wave.
X is a vector with the amplitude modulated sine wave data obtained at a shaft speed of 60 RPM. The unmodulated sine wave has a frequency of 32 Hz and amplitude of 1.0 units.
Load the data, and plot the regular signal of the amplitude modulated TSA signal
X. To retain the unmodulated signal, specify the frequency of 32 Hz in
orderList. Set the value of
From the plot, observe the waveform and amplitude spectrum of the regular and raw signals, respectively. Observe that the regular signal contains the unmodulated sine wave with an amplitude of 1.0 units and frequency of 32 Hz.
X— Time-synchronous averaged (TSA) signal
Time-synchronous averaged (TSA) signal, specified as a vector. The time-synchronous averaged
signal is computed from a long and relatively periodic raw signal through
synchronization, resampling, and averaging. For more information on TSA signals, see
Time-synchronous averaging is a convenient method of background noise reduction in a spectrum of complex signals. It is effective in concentrating useful information that can be extracted from a time-domain signal for predictive maintenance. The synchronization typically requires a tachometer pulse signal in addition to the raw sensor data. The TSA signal depicts measurements at equally spaced angular positions over a single revolution of a shaft of interest.
XT— Time-synchronous averaged signal
Time synchronous averaged (TSA) signal, specified as a timetable.
XT must contain a single numeric column variable corresponding to the TSA signal. Time values in
XT must be strictly increasing, equidistant, and finite.
fs— Sampling frequency of the TSA signal
Sampling frequency of the TSA signal in Hertz, specified as a positive scalar.
t— Sample times of the TSA signal
Sample times of the TSA signal, specified as a positive scalar or a vector of positive values.
A positive scalar, it contains the time interval or duration between
samples. You must specify
t as a
A vector of positive values, it contains sample times corresponding to
X. The time values must be strictly
increasing, equidistant, and finite. You can specify
rpm— Rotational speed of the shaft
Rotational speed of the shaft, specified as a positive scalar.
tsaregular uses a bandwidth equal to the shaft speed and the value
NumSidebands' around the frequencies of interest to compute
Y from the TSA signal. Specify
revolutions per minute. The signal components corresponding to this frequency, that is,
order = 1 are always retained.
orderList— Orders to be retained from the TSA signal
Orders to be retained from the TSA signal, specified as a vector of positive
integers. Select the orders and harmonics to be retained from the TSA signal by
observing them on the amplitude spectrum plot. For instance, specify
orderList as the known mesh orders in a gear train to retain the
desired components and their harmonics. For more information, see Find and Visualize the Regular Signal of a Compound TSA Signal. Specify the
orderList by selecting the appropriate value for
comma-separated pairs of
the argument name and
Value is the corresponding value.
Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value
pair arguments in any order as
NumHarmonics— Number of shaft and gear meshing frequency harmonics to be filtered
Number of shaft and gear meshing frequency harmonics to be filtered,
specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of
NumHarmonics' and a positive
integer. Modify '
NumHarmonics' if your TSA
signal contains more than two known harmonics of components to
NumSidebands— Number of sidebands to be retained from the
orderListfrequencies and their harmonics
Number of sidebands to be retained from the
frequencies and their harmonics, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of
NumSidebands' and a nonnegative integer. The width of sidebands
is determined using
NumSidebands' based on the number of sidebands to be retained
X as observed in the amplitude spectrum plot.
NumRotations— Number of shaft rotations in the TSA signal
Number of shaft rotations in the TSA signal, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting
NumRotations' and a positive integer. Modify
NumRotations' if your input
XT contains data for more than one rotation of the driver gear
shaft. The function uses '
NumRotations' to determine the number of
rotations to be shown on the x-axis of the plot. The filtering results in
Y are not affected by this value.
Domain— Units of the
Units of the
orderList values, specified as the comma-separated pair
consisting of '
Domain' and one of the following:
'frequency', if the orders in
specified as frequencies in units of Hertz.
'order', if the orders in
specified as number of rotations relative to the value of
example, if the rotational speed of the driven gear is defined as a factor of the driver
gear rpm, specify '
'order' if you are comparing data obtained from machines
operating at different speeds.
Y— Regular signal of the TSA signal
Regular signal of the TSA signal, returned as:
Y is computed by retaining the primary frequency, the
orderList, the first-order sidebands in
NumSidebands', and their respective harmonics from
X. You can use
Y to further extract
condition indicators of rotating machinery for predictive maintenance. For example,
extracting the FM0 indicator from
Y is useful in identifying major
changes such as gear tooth breakage or heavy wear in a gear box. For more information on
Y is computed, see Algorithms.
The regular signal is computed from the TSA signal by retaining the following from the signal spectrum:
Shaft frequency and its harmonics
Gear meshing frequencies and their harmonics
Optionally, the sidebands specified in '
NumSidebands' at the gear
meshing frequencies and their harmonics
tsaregular uses a bandwidth equal to the shaft speed times the value of
NumSidebands', around the frequencies of interest, to compute
Y from the TSA signal. The regular signal is related to the residual
signal through the equation . If the first-order sidebands are retained in the regular signal, then, .
The amplitude spectrum of the regular signal is computed as follows,
Y is the regular signal.
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