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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 1308108, 7 pages
Research Article

Rolling Bearing Fault Diagnosis Based on ELCD Permutation Entropy and RVM

1Zhengzhou Railway Vocational & Technical College, No. 9 Qiancheng Road, Zhengdong New District, Zhengzhou, Henan 451460, China
2College of Electronics and Information Engineering, SIAS International University, No. 168 Renmin Road, Xinzheng 451150, China
3Department of Automation & Control, Henan University of Animal Husbandry & Economy, Zhengzhou, Henan 451150, China

Received 9 April 2016; Accepted 26 July 2016

Academic Editor: Sheng-Rui Jian

Copyright © 2016 Jiang Xingmeng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aiming at the nonstationary characteristic of a gear fault vibration signal, a recognition method based on permutation entropy of ensemble local characteristic-scale decomposition (ELCD) and relevance vector machine (RVM) is proposed. First, the vibration signal was decomposed by ELCD; then a series of intrinsic scale components (ISCs) were obtained. Second, according to the kurtosis of ISCs, principal ISCs were selected and then the permutation entropy of principal ISCs was calculated and they were combined into a feature vector. Finally, the feature vectors were input in RVM classifier to train and test and identify the type of rolling bearing faults. Experimental results show that this method can effectively diagnose four kinds of working condition, and the effect is better than local characteristic-scale decomposition (LCD) method.

1. Introduction

Rolling bearing is one of the most important elements of mechanical equipment. Its vibration signal gathered in case of default tends to be nonstationary [13]. Therefore, its fault diagnosis with appropriate signal processing is of significance.

As a new nonstationary signal processing method, local characteristic-scale decomposition (LCD) method can self-adaptively decompose a complex signal into several intrinsic scale components (ISCs). The decomposed ISC has its instantaneous frequency of physical significance. Any two ISCs are mutually independent [4, 5]. Compared with empirical mode decomposition (EMD), LCD is widely used in mechanical fault diagnosis due to shorter decomposition time, lower end effect, and less iterations. However, as with the EMD method, LCD method takes cubic spline interpolation for signal processing, so it causes a mode mixing effect, failing to obtain accurate ISCs [6, 7]. Characterized by even frequency distribution and zero-mean value, the method through which the white noise is added into LCD method to process vibration signal, namely, ensemble local characteristic-scale decomposition (ELCD), can help eliminate mode mixing. Relevance vector machine (RVM) is a new classifier proposed on the basis support vector machine (SVM) and Bayesian theory. This classifier can create core functions without undue parameters. Characterized by shorter test time, high precision, and small sample classification availability, it is widely used in gear fault diagnosis, fault diagnosis of hydropower units, and medical diagnostics [810]. Therefore, aiming at coping with various working conditions, RVM classifier is adopted to realize the pattern recognition of rolling bearing faults.

Firstly, ELCD is used to decompose the vibration signal into ISCs; secondly, based on their kurtosis feature, the principal ISC components are selected; the permutation entropy of principal ISC is extracted. Thirdly, the permutation entropy obtained is taken as the inputs to RVM for fault diagnosis. Finally, the proposed method is applied to experimental data, and the analysis results show that the proposed method performs effectively for the rolling bearing fault diagnosis.

2. LCD and ELCD Principles

2.1. LCD Fundamentals

As a new self-adaptive signal decomposition method, LCD can decompose a nonstationary signal into several ISCs. Any two ISCs are mutually independent. With its instantaneous frequency of physical significance [5], ISC needs to meet the following two conditions [6].

() Signal has its maxima as positive and minima as negative, and any adjacent maxima and minima witness monotonic relationship.

() Among the data, let all the maximal points be denoted as . The line formed by any two adjacent extreme points, , at as , is specified as follows: . Then, the relation should be true, where ,

Any complex signal may have its LCD results written as follows:where is the residual component.

2.2. ELCD Principles

Like EMD, LCD takes cubic spline interpolation for signal processing and witnesses mode mixing [7]. Characterized by even frequency distribution, the white noise is used to eliminate mode mixing [11]. This study proposes ELCD for signal processing. ELCD repeatedly adds different white noises to the vibration signal for multiple cases of LCD. Based on white noise zero-mean value, this study conducted ensemble mean of multiple sets of ISCs and ultimately obtained a set of ISCs, eliminating mode mixing. ELCD specific algorithm flow is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: ELCD flow chart.
2.3. Algorithm Simulation and Analysis

To contrast the advantages and disadvantages of LCD and ELCD, this study counted up the impact signal and sine signal and formed simulation signal, shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: The simulation signal and its constituents.

This study conducted simulation signal LCD and ELCD. In LCD, this study added the noise signal amplitude 0.01 times the signal standard deviation and had the total mean as 120 times. The results are shown in Figures 3 and 4.

Figure 3: Simulation signal LCD results.
Figure 4: Simulation signal ELCD results.

Simulation comparison showed that, after LCD, ISC1 and ISC2 had partials and ISC had mode mixing. After ELCD, it was possible to obtain the real signal component and properly decompose the simulation signal. Therefore, ELCD can effectively remove mode mixing.

3. Permutation Entropy

Permutation entropy is a nonlinear dynamics indicator to measure signal complexity. Compared with the Lyapunov exponent, permutation entropy is characterized by simple calculation and strong noise immunity [12]. This study took permutation entropy to present different vibration signal characteristics. The calculation of a time series is as follows.

() Time series phase-space reconstruction is as follows:where is embedding dimension and is time delay.

() Sort the series. This study rearranged in ascending order and obtained a new series. If appeared in , this study would sort according to the value of .

() It is obvious that, based on the sorting theory, any vector can obtain a set of symbol series:where ; different symbols have different arrangements, corresponding to different symbols.

() To calculate the probability of different symbol series, , ; the time series permutation entropy is defined as follows:

In formula (5), in case , the maximum of is which is standardized with the mathematical expression as the following formula:

Entropy value range is .

Entropy indicates the complexity of the time series. The more complex the time series is, the greater the entropy will be and vice versa.

4. Relevance Vector Machine

4.1. Fundamentals

RVM (relevance vector machine) is a learning machine based on Bayesian framework. Characterized by fewer parameters, it can conduct small sample data training and testing [8, 9]. With any training sample set , RVM algorithm steps are as follows.

() Calculate the output function:where is weight vector and is nonlinear basis function.

() In second classification, RVM uses logistic sigmoid function to map interval to obtain the decision probability distribution function:

In case of , the results obtained are of Class I, and in case of , the results obtained are of Class II.

() In case complies with Bernoulli distribution and independent distribution, the likelihood function of the sample set is calculated:

() Maximize treatment according to the above formula and define the weight Gaussian prior probability distribution, thus reducing the sample size and improving learning and generalization:

() RVM model can self-adaptively obtain its through training. In order to ensure RVM model optimal performance, a fast PSO intelligent optimization algorithm is adopted to optimize the parameters. Fitness function is as the following formula:where are total samples and are correctly classified samples.

4.2. RVM Classification Principles

Against rolling bearing different working conditions, multiple classifiers are combined for classification in accordance with Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG). DAG classification is efficient and free from rejecting or misclassification areas. It starts from the root node, left or right classification based on the root node results [9, 10]. Assume that three classifiers classify three samples; DAG classification principles are shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5: RVM classification graph.

5. Experimental Analysis

5.1. Experiments

This study adopted rolling bearing data of US Case Western Reserve University for processing. The experiment adopted 6205-2RS JEM SKF deep groove ball bearings, with rotating motor load power off 735.5 W, rolling bearing speed of 1797 r/min, adopting EDM technology to process the bearing into one with fault diameter of 0.3556 mm, and fault depth of 0.2794 mm. This study adopted the sensor sampling frequency of 12 KHZ, collecting four working state vibration signals, respectively, referring to the normal state, the rolling element fault, the inner ring fault, and outer ring fault, with each data sample’s length as 2500 points. The four signals gathered are shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6: Vibration signal. (a) Normal. (b) Rolling element fault. (c) Outer race fault. (d) Inner race fault.

The ISCs of the decomposition by ELCD of an Inner race fault signal are shown for illustration in Figure 7.

Figure 7: Inner ring fault signal ELCD results.

It can be obtained from Figure 7 that, after ELCD, the inner race fault signal obtained a residual component and 6 ISCs, some of which contain fault information and others contain fake components. Kurtosis can be used to measure signal impact. The more impact components the signal has, the greater the kurtosis will be [13]. So, this study took kurtosis for ISC processing and principal ISC extracting. ISC kurtosis after decomposition of different vibration signals was calculated, with the results shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8: ISC kurtosis after decomposition of different vibration signals.

Figure 8 shows that after ELCD different vibration signals had ISC kurtosis focusing on the first two components. The first two ISCs contained more fault information. Therefore, the first two ISCs were selected as the principal ISC, which were reconstructed. The mean square error and energy of the original signal and the reconstructed signal were, respectively, calculated, with the results shown in Table 1.

Table 1: The mean square error and energy of the original signal and the reconstructed signal.

It can be obtained from Table 1 that characteristic statistics before and after the reconstruction are similar, indicating that kurtosis can effectively select the principal ISCs.

5.2. Calculation of Principal ISC Permutation Entropy

This study collected multiple sets of vibration signals, extracting principal ISCs against rolling bearing different working conditions and calculating permutation entropy, conducting multiple tests, and obtaining the permutation entropy. In case parameter and parameter , entropy distinction was obvious. The mean of multiple sets of permutation entropy was calculated, with the results shown in Table 2.

Table 2: Permutation entropy of the first two ISCs of the three signals.

Table 2 shows that the rolling bearing different working conditions correspond to different permutation entropies. The normal working state signal is stable and less complex, and the permutation entropy is the minimum and the signal gathered by the inner ring fault is far and noisy, and the permutation entropy is the maximum. In order to distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of ELCD and LCD, taking ISC1, for example, rolling bearing permutation entropies in different working conditions were calculated, with the results shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9: (a) Permutation entropy of LCD. (b) Permutation entropy of ELCD.

Figure 9 shows that ELCD is added with white noise of different amplitudes and compared with LCD; ISC1 is characterized by even permutation entropy distribution and obvious differences between different working conditions, overcoming mode mixing. Against different working conditions, in order to achieve accurate identification, it is necessary to adopt classifier for further processing. Therefore, RVM classifier is used to identify different working conditions.

5.3. Fault Recognition

As indicated in the above, permutation entropy of different vibration signals was calculated and feature vectors were composed. The feature vectors in different working conditions were input into RVM for training and testing. At the same time, BP and SVM classifiers were adopted to have feature training and testing. The recognition results of the three classifiers are shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10: (a) Recognition rate of normal state. (b) Recognition rate of rolling element. (c) Recognition rate of inner ring fault. (d) Recognition rate of outer ring fault.

Figure 10 shows that RVM classifier can effectively identify different states of rolling bearing, with a recognition rate higher than that of SVM classifier or BP classifier.

6. Summary

The rolling bearing is widely used in mechanical equipment; in order to keep the rolling bearings working in good state, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis are required. A rolling bearing fault diagnosis method based on permutation entropy of ELCD and RVM is proposed in this study.

() Targeting the disadvantage of mode mixing of LCD, the proposed ELCD in this study can have accurate ISC of the vibration signal, eliminating mode mixing.

() This study adopted RVM classifier to identify rolling bearing under different working conditions, with the results showing that this method can effectively identify rolling bearing fault, and the recognition rate is higher than that of SVM or BP.

Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


This work was supported by the key project of Natural Science Foundation of Henan Province of China (Project no. 152300410224), Key Science and Technology Program of Henan Province of China (Project no. 152102210320), Key Scientific Research Project of Education Bureau of Henan Province of China (Project no. 15B520009), and Scientific Innovative Research Team in Henan University of Animal Husbandry & Economy (HUAHE2015006).


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