Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 188–192 | Cite as

The Use of Acoustic Emission for Estimation of Bearing Defect Size

Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


Vibration monitoring of rolling element bearings is possibly the most established diagnostic technique for rotating machinery. The application of Acoustic Emission (AE) for bearing diagnosis is gaining ground as a complementary diagnostic tool, however, limitations in the successful application of the AE technique have been partly due to the difficulty in processing, interpreting and classifying the acquired data. Furthermore, the extent of bearing damage has eluded the AE diagnostician. The investigation reported in this paper was centered on the application of the Acoustic Emission technique for identifying the size of a defect on a radially loaded bearing. An experimental test-rig was designed such that defects of varying sizes could be seeded onto the outer race of a test bearing. It was concluded that AE can provide an indication of the defect size, thus allowing the user to monitor the rate of degradation on the bearing.


Acoustic emission Bearing defect Condition monitoring Defect size Vibration analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringCranfield UniversityBedfordshireUK

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