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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1524840, 13 pages
Research Article

An Enhanced Factor Analysis of Performance Degradation Assessment on Slurry Pump Impellers

Smart Engineering Asset Management Laboratory (SEAM), Department of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Correspondence should be addressed to Peter W. Tse

Received 25 July 2016; Accepted 13 December 2016; Published 4 January 2017

Academic Editor: Mickaël Lallart

Copyright © 2017 Shilong Sun 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.


Slurry pumps, such as oil sand pumps, are widely used in industry to convert electrical energy to slurry potential and kinetic energy. Because of adverse working conditions, slurry pump impellers are prone to suffer wear, which may result in slurry pump breakdowns. To prevent any unexpected breakdowns, slurry pump impeller performance degradation assessment should be immediately conducted to monitor the current health condition and to ensure the safety and reliability of slurry pumps. In this paper, to provide an alternative to the impeller health indicator, an enhanced factor analysis based impeller indicator (EFABII) is proposed. Firstly, a low-pass filter is employed to improve the signal to noise ratios of slurry pump vibration signals. Secondly, redundant statistical features are extracted from the filtered vibration signals. To reduce the redundancy of the statistic features, the enhanced factor analysis is performed to generate new statistical features. Moreover, the statistic features can be automatically grouped and developed a new indicator called EFABII. Data collected from industrial oil sand pumps are used to validate the effectiveness of the proposed method. The results show that the proposed method is able to track the current health condition of slurry pump impellers.