Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 1709–1712 | Cite as

On the Crack Propagation in Rotating Shafts Supported by Fluid Film Bearings Using High-Frequency Acoustic Emission Analysis

  • Marco Tulio C. FariaEmail author
  • Gilberto L. S. Pimentel-Junior
Technical Note - Mechanical Engineering


This note presents a brief experimental investigation on the crack propagation monitoring in rotating shafts supported by fluid film bearings using high-frequency acoustic emission signals. Wavelet decomposition of the acoustic emission signals is performed for six shafts with different crack depths rotating at subcritical and supercritical speeds. The median absolute deviations of the signals are employed in an attempt to relate the crack depth with the values of the statistical median deviation. The preliminary experimental results show that the median absolute deviation can be an adequate statistical function to analyze the crack propagation in high-speed rotating shafts.


Acoustic emission Cracks Wavelet Shafts Fluid film bearings 


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The authors express their sincere thanks to Frederico Bolsoni de Oliveira, student of Aerospace Engineering at UFMG, for his help and support in the experimental tests performed on this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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