Vibration induced failure analysis of a high speed rotor supported by active magnetic bearings

Sarvat M. Ahmad, Osman A. Ahmed, Zaharuddin Mohamed

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Active Magnetic Bearings (AMBs) are increasingly used in various industries and a quick re-levitation of AMBs supported high speed flexible rotor is necessary in case of vibration induced failure. A robust fault diagnosis algorithm is presented to detect suspected saturation type of nonlinearity associated with a power amplifier. A five degree-of-freedom AMB system consisting of four opposing pair of radial magnets and a pair of axial magnets is considered. In this paper failure of an industrial grade AMB system is investigated using Sinusoidal Input Describing Function (SIDF) method. SIDF predicts the gain and frequency at which failure occurs. It is demonstrated that the predicted frequency is in agreement with the frequency at which failure occurs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-866
Number of pages12
JournalTransactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Active Magnetic Bearings (AMBs)
  • Describing function analysis
  • High speed rotating machines
  • Vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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