Test Motors, through its tool of predictive maintenance TestIM, allows to detect faults of the engine or of a component, in this case of a compressor of which the motor is in cantilever. It is a 430 Kw compressor driven by a static starter.
During the last months of motor operation, the bearing temperatures on the opposite side of the drive increase. The customer decides to install our TestIM SmartSoft fault detection system, and we started monitoring the machine at the beginning of the year.
As of March 7, vibrations of the engine increase from values of 3 mm/s to 16 mm/s, on March 12 for vibrations on the horizontal axis, and even much higher values on the vertical axis. (Limit of ISO10816 is 7.1 mm / s, for machines with rigid support). The TestIM SmartSoft system locates the source of the vibration, in the motor shaft, part 8, which can be dynamic/static unbalance/eccentricity of the machine.
Causes of the fault
The actual mounting of the motor, with flange, for such large powers, we believe is not recommended. Fatigue and sudden variations in temperature can cause dilations/contractions in the machine that alter the concentricity of the rotor relative to the stator. Providing increased vibration of the machine. In addition, the cantilever assembly clearly assists in the presence of imbalance in the machine. Alteration, which has also been detected, but less intense.