Publication Type:

Journal Article


Expert Systems with Applications, Elsevier, Volume 36, Number 5, p.9564–9573 (2009)


The wavelet transform (WT) is used to represent all possible types of transients in vibration signals generated by faults in a gear box. It is shown that the transform provides a powerful tool for condition monitoring and fault diagnosis. The vibration signal of a spur bevel gear box in different conditions is used to demonstrate the application of various wavelets in feature extraction. In present work, a discrete wavelet, Daubechies wavelets (db1–db15) is used for feature extraction and their relative effectiveness in feature extraction is compared. The major steps in pattern classification are feature extraction and classification. This paper investigates the use of discrete wavelets for feature extraction and a Decision Tree for classification. J48 Decision Tree algorithm has been used for feature selection as well as for classification. This paper illustrates the powerfulness and flexibility of the discrete wavelet transform to decompose linear and non-linear processing of vibration signal.

Cite this Research Publication

N. Saravanan and Dr. K. I. Ramachandran, “Fault diagnosis of spur bevel gear box using discrete wavelet features and Decision Tree classification”, Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 36, pp. 9564–9573, 2009.