Condition Monitoring of Marine Devices using Acoustic Sensors

This project involves a method of creating unique acoustic fingerprints for marine devices, and using these fingerprints against emitted acoustic spectra to monitor the health and condition of these devices. It leads to rapid detection and classification of faults for high capital-value complex electro-mechanical equipment resulting in a reduction in costs and increase in lifetime and reliability. Failure modes like damaged bearings, hydraulic faults, electrical arcs, vibrations have unique spectral signatures that are detected, analyzed and reported in real-time to a remote location. The crucial aspects of this project involve choice of hydro-phone specifications, actual deployment into the marine environment, communications techniques including conventional telecommunications, and the feasibility of low-band-width underwater acoustics communications

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