Wheelset condition monitoring
Wheelset maintenance is very costly and time consuming task. Applying condition based maintenance strategy, the timing of wheelset maintenance can be scheduled by optimising the operating mileage of wheels and wheelset bearings without compromising reliability or safety.
Wheelset condition monitoring can be implemented with rail accelerometer sensors mounted on the axlebox housing to supply a vibration signal to an SKF monitoring system. This information can be used to determine the condition of the wheel such as flats and roundness as well as journal bearing component condition.