Desgaste Prematuro e Falhas Recorrentes dos Rolamentos de um MIT: Estudo de Caso (Premature Wear and Recurring Bearing Failures in Three-Phase Induction Motors: A Case Study)

Romero de Souza Araújo (, Ronaldo de Araújo Rodrigues (, Helder Paula (, Lane Maria Rabelo Baccarini (

1Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
2Universidade Federal de São João del Rei

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: July 2011
Volume: 9,   Issue: 4 
ISSN: 1548-0992

This paper provides an analysis about early incipient failures in three-phase induction motor bearings when driven by PWM inverters, focusing on a real industrial case. The preliminarily defined potential problems were firstly discussed on a theoretical basis and afterwards being experimentally assessed by means of vibration, stator current and common mode current data acquisition and analysis. Following the investigation, it was concluded that the presence of common mode currents at the verified levels could cause damages to the motor bearings. This result could be confirmed when the machine stopped working due to another failure of the bearings.

Index Terms:
Bearing failure, broken bars, common mode currents, harmonics, vibration   

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