Towards real time automated early gear failure detection


  • Govindraj Sannellappanavar
  • Ellen Bergseth KTH Royal Inst of Tech
  • Eva Lundberg


The ability to stop a gear fatigue test before catastrophic failure has many advantages. However, today, a widely accepted approach is not available. This case study applies a vibration-based condition monitoring methodology to detect early gear failures. The gear studied takes part in an all-wheel-drive drivetrain system. Vibration signals from four run-to-failure fatigue tests at two constant torque-speed combinations were used as input to time-synchronous averaging and autoregression model generation. The applied methodology shows promising results for early failure detection, and the process is feasible for implementation in an automated environment. Real time analysis is also possible since the autoregression model generates a healthy state TSA signal during the early testing stages. However, the time to failure detection varies with operating conditions, with low sensitivity at high-speed and low-torque conditions.

Peer reviewed articles



How to Cite

Sannellappanavar, G., Bergseth, E., & Lundberg, E. (2022). Towards real time automated early gear failure detection. Tribologia - Finnish Journal of Tribology, 39(3−4), 42–44.