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Liang Dong, Kan Wu, Jian-cheng Zhu, Cui Dai, Li-xin Zhang, Jin-nan Guo, "Cavitation Detection in Centrifugal Pump Based on Interior Flow-Borne Noise Using WPD-PCA-RBF", Shock and Vibration, vol. 2019, Article ID 8768043, 12 pages, 2019.

Cavitation Detection in Centrifugal Pump Based on Interior Flow-Borne Noise Using WPD-PCA-RBF

Academic Editor: Adam Glowacz
Received18 Mar 2019
Accepted21 Apr 2019
Published12 May 2019


Cavitation detection is particularly essential for operating efficiency and stability of pumps. In this work, to improve the accuracy and efficiency of identification, an approach combining wavelet packet decomposition (WPD) with principal component analysis (PCA) and radial basic function (RBF) neural network is introduced to detect the cavitation status for centrifugal pumps. The cavitation performance and interior flow-borne noise are measured under three different flow conditions. Then, time-frequency domain analysis is performed on the interior flow-borne noise signal using WPD, and the energy coefficient of each node is calculated to determine the optimal decomposition frequency band. Six-feature parameters are extracted based on frequency-division statistics, including three time-domain features and three wavelet packet features. After that, the PCA is applied for dimensionality reduction. Finally, three cavitation statuses of noncavitation, inception cavitation, and serious cavitation are identified adopting RBF neural network. The results show that the comprehensive identification rate of the proposed method for three cavitation statuses reaches 98.2% with low identification error. The method based on interior flow-borne noise analysis can be well applied for on-line monitoring and diagnosis of pump industry.

1. Introduction

As the most widely used general machinery, pump plays a vital role in the fields of hydraulic transportation, water irrigation, flood control and drainage, and hydropower generation. However, for centuries, the cavitation within a pump has been restricting the development of the pump industry, which not only limits the efficient operating range of the pump but also affects the operational reliability of the pump system. The cavitation can appear within the entire range of operating conditions in pumps. Therefore, it is necessary to detect the cavitation status to avoid spreading to other parts of the pump system.

The signal-based approaches, such as vibration, acoustic emission, electrical currents, and interior flow-borne noise, are common approaches in cavitation detection in centrifugal pumps [1]. Wang and Chen [2] presented a method for a centrifugal pump based on vibration signals. In the method, a wavelet transform was used to extract features from measured vibration signals, and a linearized neural network was utilized to distinguish cavitation types. Sakthivel et al. [3] carried out condition monitoring of a monoblock centrifugal pump using vibration signals. The statistical features were transformed using dimensionality reduction techniques and then the reduced set was applied to a decision tree to classify different modes of the pump. Alfayez et al. [4] presented a case study where acoustic emission has been applied for detecting incipient cavitation and determining the best efficiency point (BEP) of a 60 kW centrifugal pump. Farokhzad and Ahmadi [5] concentrated on a procedure for prediction of cavitation using acoustic signals and multilayer perceptron neural network. Durocher and Feldmeier [6] used stator currents to detect cavitation status in a centrifugal pump. Hernandez-Solis and Carlsson [7] measured motor current and voltage signals for different operating points of the pump and studied the correlation between the cavitation phenomena and the power of the motor. The main challenge of using vibration, acoustic emission, and electrical current signals is that the measured signals are so complex to identify the relationship between characteristic parameters and cavitation status due to the complexity of the pump.

In fact, the interior flow-borne noise induced by cavitation in the pump is mainly a monopole noise source with strong radiation efficiency and impact characteristic. And the centrifugal pump presents particular cavitation noise characteristics in normal operating condition compared with that upon inception cavitation. Chudina [8] utilized the interior cavitation noise spectra to detect the onset of cavitation in a centrifugal pump. The results show that there is a discrete frequency component, which is strongly dependent on the cavitation process and its development, and the noise spectra can also be used to determine the NPSH required or the critical value, representing the upper limit of permissible pump operation without cavitation. In order to study the change rules of interior flow-borne noise with the development of cavitation, Dong et al. [9] optimized the calculation accuracy using computational fluid dynamics combined with the Lighthill acoustic analogy. The results show that, with the development of cavitation, the sound pressure level (SPL) at axial passing frequency (APF) and the frequency bands of 10 Hz∼100 Hz and 1000 Hz∼3000 Hz show an increasing trend, while it decreases at blade passing frequency (BPF) and its harmonics. At the initial cavitation, the frequency band between 1000 Hz and 3000 Hz shows the highest sensitivity for cavitation status detection.

However, the cavitation noise in pumps is a high-frequency continuous spectrum signal, and the frequency spectrum analysis based on Fourier transform has insurmountable limitations for cavitation detection with strong shock catastrophe and nonstationary characteristics [10]. Wang et al. [11] conducted the cavitation noise evaluation using wavelet packet decomposition (WPD) and described the singular characteristics of cavitation noises using the extreme amplitude values in the transformed domain. Two new parameters were suggested to describe the characteristics of cavitation noises under different cavitation degrees. Application to real data analysis shows that the presented method provides more information on abrupt changes in cavitation noises signals, and is useful in identification of cavitation development stage. Wang and Chen [12] proposed a sequential diagnosis method using fuzzy neural network method to distinguish at an early stage on the basis of the possibilities of symptom parameters.

Moreover, it is still one difficult problem that how to detect cavitation status in pumps more efficiently. The eigenvalues, such as the average, root mean square, and standard deviation, were widely used in the feature extraction. However, the cavitation characteristics are distributed over a wide frequency range and the characteristics of different frequency bands varies. The use of single eigenvalue in a full-frequency band cannot reflect the change rule of the signal at different frequency bands before and after cavitation. So, it is difficult to determine the eigenvalues and their thresholds that can accurately identify the cavitation states [13].

In this paper, to overcome these difficulties, a multiresolution cavitation status detection method for a centrifugal pump is proposed based on the interior cavitation noise signal. First, the wavelet packet decomposition (WPD) is employed to extract the decomposition frequency band characteristics. The principal component analysis (PCA) is applied to reduce dimensionality and remove redundancy. Then, three cavitation statuses including noncavitation, inception cavitation, and serious cavitation are identified using radial basic function (RBF) neural network. Finally, the classification and recognition effect of the proposed method for the three cavitation statuses in centrifugal pumps are analyzed.

2. Theory of WPD-PCA-RBF

To improve the recognition accuracy and efficiency of cavitation status in pumps, a cavitation detection method based on wavelet packet decomposition (WPD), principal component analysis (PCA), and radial basic function (RBF) neural network is proposed. The structure of the proposed method is presented in Figure 1 by means of a flow diagram, which describes the different stages of the methodology.

The algorithmic details for each major step in the method are as follows:(1)Detect different types of cavitation status by cavitation performance experiment.(2)Collect original liquid-borne noise data under different cavitation status.(3)Solve the energy coefficient on each node and determine the research nodes with larger energy coefficients by WPD.(4)Extract the eigenvalue of each research node and compose the eigenvalue matrix. Normalize the eigenvalue matrix due to large magnitude difference between eigenvalue elements.(5)To improve the recognition speed, PCA is employed to obtain the principal component matrix with dimensionality reduction.(6)Input the principal component matrix of training sample into RBF as an input layer, determine the number of hidden layer nodes and RBF structure, and then obtain the cavitation status recognition result on the output layer. Calculate the error between the desired output and actual output until the training samples are fully trained and meet the network accuracy requirement or the iteration number is reached. Eventually, establish an ideal RBF network.(7)Input the principal component matrix of testing sample into the ideal RBF network and output the diagnosis result.

2.1. WPD

WPD is a mathematical method that can provide a multiscale time-frequency analysis by transforming signals from time domain into equal-width sub-band frequency domain. With orthogonal transform, the WPD has the added benefit that the energy in the signals can be preserved and partitioned among the coefficients.

Given the sampling frequency of the signal, becomes . Based on the sampling theorem, the maximum analysis frequency of the signal is . After the j-layer wavelet packet transform applied on the signal, the frequency band is divided into equal-width segments, that is, the width of each sub-band is . Correspondingly, the coefficient at each layer is obtained, where , and n is the location index. According to Parseval energy equation, the signal energy can be expressed as the integral of amplitude square over the entire time domain. The coefficient is used to represent the similarity between the wavelet packet function and the real signal. Therefore, the coefficient can be used to represent the signal energy as follows [14]:where j and k are the number of decomposition layer and frequency band, respectively.

In the present study, after appropriate determination of wavelet basis function and decomposition scale j, a j-layer wavelet packet transform was then applied on the signal. Because the orders of magnitude of the eigenvalue elements differ greatly, normalization is performed to make sure that the input data are within an appropriate range. The wavelet packet energy of the signal on all frequency bands is calculated by formula (1), and the wavelet packet energy on each frequency band is normalized, that iswhere is the wavelet packet energy value on the kth frequency band and is the normalized feature vector.

2.2. PCA

PCA is a statistical procedure that uses an orthogonal transformation to convert a set of observations of possibly correlated variables into a set of values of linearly uncorrelated variables called principal components. It can be used to reduce the data dimensionality and eliminate some irregularities from the data. The reduction process is as follows [15].

Given a set of m dimension feature vectors xi (i = 1, 2, …, n), normally m < n, the mean vector μ and covariance matrix C are calculated by

By matrix manipulation, we obtain Cyj = λjyj, where λj (j = 1, 2, …, m) is the eigenvalue sorted in descending order and yj (j = 1, 2, …, m) is the corresponding eigenvector. The matrixes of eigenvalues and eigenvectors can be constructed as A = diag [λ1, λ2, …, λm] (λ1 > λ2 > … >λm) and Y = [y1, y2, …, ym]. To eliminate redundancy, k (k ≤ m) eigenvectors corresponding to k largest eigenvalues are selected. A threshold θ is introduced to decide the number k by computing the proportion of k largest eigenvalues in all eigenvalues.

Given the parameter θ, the number k can be determined. Then, the principal components with low dimensions are decided as P = [y1, y2, …, yk]Txi.

2.3. RBF

RBF neural network is a particular type of artificial neural network (ANN) that uses radial basis functions as activation functions. In principle, it could be employed in any sort of model, and particularly suitable for solving the status recognition problems with abrupt change in signals. It consists of an input layer, a hidden layer of RBF neurons, and an output layer with one node per category or class of data [16, 17].

The RBF neurons store an available set of input-output pairs of vectors, called training set. Each RBF neuron will compute a measure of the similarity between the input and its training vector. The input vectors which are more similar to the training sets will return a result closer to 1. The output of RBF neural network consists of a set of nodes, one per category that we are trying to classify. Each output node computes a sort of score for the associated category. The score is computed by taking a weighted sum of the activation values from every RBF neuron. Determining the RBF weights is called training. After training, the RBF can be implemented with data whose underlying statistics is similar to that of the training set.

The interpolation of a set of N data points in a multidimensional space requires every one of the D dimensional input vectors to be mapped onto the corresponding target output . The goal is to find a function such that . The radial basis function method introduces a set of N basis functions, one for each data point, which takes the form , where is some nonlinear function. Thus, the pth function depends on the distance , usually taken to be Euclidean, between and . The output of the mapping is taken to be a linear combination of basic functions, i.e., . The idea is to find the “weights” such that the function goes through the data points. It is easy to determine equations for the weights by combining the above equations, that is, . By definition, , , and . The above equation can be simplified in matrix form as . Then, provided the inverse of exists, we can use any standard matrix inversion technique to give . It can be shown, for a large class of basic function , the matrix is indeed nonsingular (and invertable) providing the data points are distinct. Once we have the weights, we have a function that represents a continuous differentiable surface that passes exactly through each data point.

Gaussian function is one of the most commonly used basic functions [18].where represents a distance from a data point x to a centre c and the variable σ is the width parameter that controls the smoothness of the interpolating function which is always greater than zero.

3. Experimental Investigation

3.1. Experiment Model

The experimental model is a low-specific speed centrifugal pump with a spiral volute in [19]. The design parameters of the centrifugal pump are design flow rate Qd = 12.5 m3/h, design head Hd = 74 m, rotating speed n = 2950 r/min, and specific speed ns = 25. The main geometry parameters of the centrifugal pump are given in Table 1. The axial passing frequency (APF) and blade passing frequency (BPF) of the centrifugal pump are, 49 Hz and 295 Hz, respectively.


ImpellerInlet diameter, D1 (mm)68
Outlet diameter, D2 (mm)228
Number of blades, z6
Wrapping angle, θ/r145
Outlet width, b2 (mm)7

VoluteBasic diameter, D3 (mm)245
Inlet width, b3 (mm)18
Discharge nozzle diameter, d4 (mm)32

3.2. Test Rig

The experimental test rig was designed and constructed in the National Engineering and Technology Research Centre of Pump and Pumping System, Jiangsu University, as illustrated in Figure 2. The experimental system mainly consists of a centrifugal pump, a vacuum pump, a cavitation tank, a pressure stabilizer, an exhaust port, inlet and outlet pipes, inlet and outlet valves, a variable-frequency driving motor, and others. Installed at the pump outlet, there is a pressure stabilizer for stabilizing the fluid pressure in the system and preventing the temperature rise due to the thermodynamic effect caused by cavitation. Besides, during the testing of interior cavitation noise, the pressure stabilizer can play the role of sound insulation and noise elimination with improved acoustic impedance. Also, it can solve the resonance and frequency-interference problems between the noise generated by the change of flowmeter and valve opening in the downstream of pressure stabilizer and the cavitation-induced noise of the pump. To reduce the interference from the system vibration, the tested pump and the motor are fixed on the huge base, and the thick rubber gaskets are used at the connections between the pipeline and the pump.

Before the testing, the cavitation tank was filled with water through the injection hole with all valves open in the closed loop system. And they were closed when there was water flowing out from the exhaust port. Then, with the inlet valve kept fully open, the air valve was open to connect the cavitation tank to the atmosphere. And, the system was stabilized after discharging the air in the system driven by variable-frequency motor. Under the rotating speed, the pump was stably operated at some flow conditions by adjusting the outlet valve in the downstream of pressure stabilizer. Further at some flow condition, the vacuum pump was turned on to reduce the pressure in the cavitation tank, and then the cavitation performance and liquid-borne noise measurements were synchronously performed.

For the liquid-borne noise measurement, a INV3020C high-performance data acquisition system combined with a RHSA-10 hydrophone was used. Owing to easy influence from the pressure fluctuation of pump outlet, the hydrophone was flush-mounted at 8 times the outlet diameter from the discharge flange. Different from the spectrum distribution of mechanical failure signal, the broadband feature under cavitation reflects both in low- and high-frequency bands. To ensure the spectral precision in low-frequency band and reflect the changing trend in high-frequency band, the vibration and noise signals were collected for 30 s with a sampling frequency of 10.24 kHz. The instruments used in the measuring system are given in Table 2. The installation locations of the sensors are shown in Figure 3.


Electromagnetic flowmeter1–50 m3/h±0.5%The length of straight pipe before and after the flowmeter is 10 times of its internal diameter
Pressure transducer at inlet−0.1–0.1 MPa±0.5%2 times of pipe diameter from inlet flange
Pressure transducer at outlet0–0.1 MPa±0.5%2 times of pipe diameter from outlet flange
Hydrophone20 Hz–100 kHz±2 dB8 times of pipe diameter from outlet flange

3.3. Cavitation Status Determination

Johann [20] pointed out that the NPSH1 (1% head drop) and NPSH3 (3% head drop) can be used as standards for detecting the cavitation status in pumps. Based on these, the whole cavitation process is normally divided into three stages [13]: the noncavitation stage (head drop is less than 1%), the inception cavitation stage (head drop is between 1% and 3%), and the severe cavitation stage (head drop is higher than 3%). To accurately obtain the cavitation numbers corresponding to 1% and 3% drop of head, the multimeasurement method was adopted during the test. Eventually, the average cavitation performance curves of the centrifugal pump under three typical flow rates were obtained, as shown in Figure 4. The corresponding cavitation numbers for different stages are shown in Table 3.

Flow rate (m3/h)Cavitation stage
NoncavitationInception cavitationSevere cavitation


The frequency spectrum of liquid-borne noise under different cavitation stages after Fourier transform is shown in Figure 5 at a rated flow rate of 12.5 m3/h. The logarithmic form is adopted in the abscissa, which can both reflect the variation law of discrete eigenvalues in low-frequency band and the overall change trend in high-frequency band. At the noncavitation stage (σ = 0.048), the noise energy is mainly concentrated in the middle- and low-frequency bands below 1000 Hz. Moreover, it exhibits obvious discrete characteristics of APF, BPF, and their harmonics. A small number of eigenvalues appear in the frequency band of 1000∼3000 Hz, and the energy fluctuates with the increase of frequency. Compared with the noncavitation stage, the frequency spectrum at the inception cavitation stage (σ = 0.021) shows no obvious change, whereas the wideband SPL above 1000 Hz increases slightly. In this stage, the pressure pulsation in two-phase flow varies somewhat due to the sound energy generated by the collapse of a small amount of cavitation bubbles. However, due to the small volume and number of the cavitation bubbles, the variation is small. The main changes are concentrated in higher frequency band, which presents broadband characteristics. At the severe cavitation stage (σ = 0.018), the SPL of cavitation noise increases obviously. When the number of cavitation increases to a certain extent, the flow passage is partially blocked. Therefore, the SPLs of BPF and its harmonics caused by rotor-stator interaction decrease slightly. The high-frequency discrete signals are gradually submerged in the wide frequency band, resulting in the reduction of spectrum width.

4. Cavitation Status Recognition

4.1. Wavelet Packet Decomposition in Time-Frequency Domain

From Figure 5, we can see the frequency spectrums of cavitation noise under different cavitation conditions are mainly characterized by broadband. Simply studying the amplitude at a certain characteristic frequency or the overall energy value cannot accurately reflect the characteristics of cavitation noise. Therefore, the time-frequency characteristic analysis in sub-bands is of great significance for cavitation status determination. Compared with the Fourier transform, the wavelet transform can finely observe the signal detail in time-frequency domain by decomposing the time-domain signals into independent frequency bands on the basis of multiscale orthogonal refinement. Moreover, the wavelet packet transform can further decompose the high-frequency part, which is not subdivided in the wavelet transform. Considering the APF and sampling frequency are 49 Hz and 10.24 kHz, respectively, the db4 basis function was employed to proceed 6-layer wavelet packet decomposition for interior cavitation noise signals. After that, the cavitation noise signals were decomposed into 64 frequency bands, that is, the frequency bandwidth of each node is 80 Hz including APF. The time-frequency of cavitation noise under different cavitation stages at the rated flow rate is shown in Figure 6.

It can be seen in the time domain the cavitation noise signal presents an obvious periodicity at APF, BPF, and their harmonics with similar amplitude for different periods under the noncavitation stage. With decreasing cavitation number, the sound pressure amplitude increases, the APF becomes more difficult to identify, and the amplitude between different periods varies greatly. That is to say, the cavitation not only leads to an increase of the sound pressure amplitude but also worsens the signal periodicity and aggravates the confusion degree. In the frequency domain, a smaller peak value appears at 1000 Hz under the noncavitation stage. At the inception cavitation stage, the full band energy goes up, the discrete eigenvalues at BPF and its harmonics caused by rotor-stator interaction decline, and the side lobe sound pressure of discrete eigenvalue increases. In the severe cavitation stage, the energy of the frequency band below 2APF lowers, the band energy between 2APF and 2BPF ascents obviously, and a large number of characteristic frequency with peak value appears. These frequencies are induced by the pressure fluctuation radiated by the collapse of bubble groups and the vibration generated on the pipe wall. At 1000 Hz, the peak value shows broadband characteristic and the energy increases at higher frequencies with no apparent peak.

4.2. Feature Extraction Based on Frequency-Division Statistics

The frequency band studied directly affects the accuracy of subsequent feature extraction. The wider frequency range will lower the frequency resolution. On the contrary, more eigenvalues would appear for a narrow frequency range, which will lead to more analysis time and easy data redundancy. Obviously, the 64 frequency bands decomposed by the 6-layer wavelet packet are too fine to be used as the feature frequency band. To further accurately divide the frequency bands, the energy values of each frequency band was calculated and normalized into energy coefficients. If the energy coefficient of a node is higher, it means that the node takes a larger proportion of the whole signal and contains more cavitation characteristic information. The energy coefficients under different cavitation numbers at rated flow rate are shown in Figure 7.

As can be seen, the peak energy coefficient for all frequency bands is mainly concentrated in the first 15 nodes on the sixth level, and other nodes account for a smaller amount of energy. Therefore, the discrete nodes on the 6th layer with larger energy coefficient ((6, 0)–(6, 7), (6, 12), and (6, 13)) were selected as research subject. In addition, merged with the nodes with smaller energy ratios, the upper layer nodes were chosen, eventually the nodes (4, 2), (5, 7), (2, 1), and (1, 1) were studied too. The optimal wavelet tree and corresponding frequency bands for each node are obtained by combining Shannon entropy, as shown in Figure 8. The time-domain feature parameters (the mean value, the root mean square, and the standard deviation) and the wavelet packet feature parameters (the energy value, the energy coefficient, and the energy entropy) extracted from the obtained cavitation noise signals at rated flow rate are used for pattern recognition in this paper. These six-feature parameters on 14 nodes (denoted as one set) constitute the inputs to the RBF neural network, and the output values represent the classification and recognition results of the cavitation status.

4.3. Feature Reduction Based on PCA

Due to large difference existing between eigenvalue elements, the eigenmatrix obtained by the wavelet packet decomposition is not conducive for RBF neural network establishment. At the meantime, in this work, 600 sets of flow-borne noise data under different flow conditions were selected, and 84 eigenvalues were prepared for establishing the RBF network. The dimensionality reduction was carried out by the PCA method, as shown in Figure 9. After the normalized eigenvalues were input into PCA, the eigenvectors arranging from largest to smallest were obtained, that is, λ = (141.1170369, 76.39322079, 62.269420261, …, 0.000204067, 0.000175016, 0.00012405). The contribution rate of each eigenvalue Pλ was calculated according to formula (7). The threshold θ is usually equal or greater than 0.9 by experience. Here, θ was selected as 97%. When the sum of k contribution rates is greater than 97%, it is considered that it can better express the characteristics of all original data. The original eigenvalues were then reduced to principal element eigenvalues. Here, the number of the reduced features k after calculation equals to 20.

The contribution rate of eigenvalue is calculated as follows:

The space distribution of principal components of fluid-borne noise is shown in Figure 10. As can be seen, the bubbles under the stages of noncavitation, inception cavitation, and serious cavitation are distributed in different spatial regions with no overlap between them. It proves that the principal components obtained by PCA can be used as a good feature for different cavitation stages.

4.4. Establishment of RBF Neural Network

The RBF network typically has three layers: an input layer, a hidden layer, and an output layer. Obviously, the output nodes have been determined, which are noncavitation stage (0, 0, 1), inception cavitation stage (0, 1, 0), and severe cavitation (1, 0, 0). In general, the number of hidden layer nodes m can be firstly calculated as follows:where n is the number of input nodes and is the constant between 1 and 10.

The approximate range calculated is from 5 to 15. Then, after repeated attempts and verification, the suitable number of hidden layer nodes is finally determined to be 10. Table 4 shows the input samples and the arranged outputs.

Flow rate (m3/h)1012.515Output result

Noncavitation10080100(0, 0, 1)
Inception cavitation101010(0, 1, 0)
Serious cavitation9011090(1, 0, 0)

5. Results and Discussion

In this work, 360 sets of feature data are randomly selected as training samples, 120 sets of data are selected as verification samples, and the other 120 sets of data are used as testing samples. The identification rate will vary due to random selection of training and testing samples. In order to reduce the effect of selected samples, we run the program ten times. The average identification result is shown in Figure 11.

As can be seen, from the perspective of the overall sample, the comprehensive identification rate for all cavitation status is higher, that is 98.2%. It indicates that the method based on WPD-PCA-RBF can accurately detect the cavitation status. The identification rate of noncavitation status under different flow rates is excellent, reaching a maximum of 100%. It indicates when the cavitation occurs, and it can be fully recognized by the method. The identification rate of inception cavitation status is 83.3%. Four of five sets of wrong samples are misjudged as noncavitation status, and one set is misjudged as serious cavitation status. It shows the inception cavitation stage cannot be completely distinguished from the other two stages. The identification rate of serious cavitation status is 97.9%. Six wrong sets of 290 sample data are misjudged as inception cavitation. It shows that the serious cavitation stage is well separated from the noncavitation status. The distinction from inception cavitation status needs to be improved. From the perspective of training sets, the identification rates of the three stages of noncavitation, inception cavitation, and serious cavitation are 100%, 88.9%, and 98.3%, respectively. It shows the eigenvalues inputted into the RBF neural network can reflect the difference of noise signals between cavitation and noncavitation statuses. However, the difference of noise signals between inception cavitation and serious cavitation statuses is not obvious.

The identification error is quantitative, and the error distribution histogram is shown in Figure 12. The red vertical line denotes zero error. The farther away from the zero-error line indicates the larger error value and less accurate identification result. It can be seen from Figure 12 that, most of the sample data are distributed in two adjacent intervals of the zero-error line (−0.035, 0.057). The error of a small amount of data reaches ±0.15. The rest of the interval samples distribution is minimal. It shows that the identification accuracy of cavitation status is high.

6. Conclusions

This paper presents a cavitation status detection method suitable for centrifugal pump based on interior flow-borne noise analysis. In this method, the WPD was used to improve the frequency domain resolution. Six-feature parameters on each frequency band with higher energy coefficient were extracted. The PCA was applied to reduce dimensionality. eigenvalues obtained after wavelet packet decomposition were reduced to principal components. With input samples and arranged outputs, the RBF neural network was finally used to detect cavitation status. The interior flow-borne noise at three cavitation statuses under three flow conditions was measured. Moreover, 360 sets of feature data were randomly selected as training samples, 120 sets were selected as verification samples, and the other 120 sets were used as testing samples. From the perspective of overall samples, the comprehensive identification rate for cavitation status reaches 98.2%. From the perspective of training sets, the identification rates of the three stages of noncavitation, inception cavitation, and serious cavitation are 100%, 88.9%, and 98.3%, respectively. The error distribution shows high identification accuracy for cavitation status. Therefore, the presented method can be applied for online monitoring and diagnosis of pump.

Data Availability

The experimental data used to support the findings of this study were supplied by the research group of Jiangsu University under license and so they still cannot be put it into the system, and the requests for access to these data should be made to the corresponding author.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51879122 and 51779106); the Zhenjiang Key Research and Development Plan (GY2017001 and GY2018025); the Open Research Subject of Key Laboratory of Fluid and Power Machinery; Ministry of Education, Xihua University (szjj2017-094); Sichuan Provincial Key Lab of Process Equipment and Control (GK201614 and GK201816); the Advanced Talent Foundation of Jiangsu University (15JDG052); and a project funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).


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