Facilities at the Analytics and Prognostics Systems Laboratory

The Analytics and Prognostics Systems (APS) Laboratory

The APS lab is where many of the theoretical research developments are implemented on experimental testbeds that emulate industrial applications. This is key to ensuring that our modeling efforts can be implemented in various industrial applications and to verify the validity of model assumptions. Examples of the equipment and testing rigs utilized to support PAIS research are shown below. Click within a section to learn more about each test bed.

Accelerated Bearing Degradation Test Bed

The test bed consists of a custom designed bearing testing chamber where test bearings are installed, loaded, and run to failure in an oil-bath. The upper race of the bearing is attached to the rotating shaft and the lower race is mounted on the base of the chamber. Two accelerometers are used to measure vibration of the chamber. A hydraulic unit and a cylinder provide axial loading (up to 2250 lbs/10 kN) capability while 1.5 HP DC motor (1750 rpm) along with a stacked pulley mechanism provides rotational m

Designed to run accelerated degradation tests on rolling element bearings. The setup provides the capability for running tests under constant as well as time-varying operational conditions, specifically using various configurations of load and speed profiles.

Multi-Component Diagnostics and Prognostics Research

A drivetrain diagnostics and prognostics test bed specifically designed to simulate industrial drivetrains with capability for performing accelerated degradation of gears and bearing, either simultaneously or individually (courtesy of Spectraquest).

Electronics Diagnostics and Prognostics Research

The Typhoon 2.0 Environmental Chamber is used to perform Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) on small electric and electronic products with capabilities to simulate thermal and vibrational stresses.