Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 691–696 | Cite as

Rolling Elements Bearings Degradation Indicator Based on Continuous Hidden Markov Model

  • Shuai Zhang
  • Yongxiang Zhang
  • Lei Li
  • Jieping Zhu
Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


In order to obtain a sensitive bearing degradation indicator with significant trend, a new approach is proposed. For the capability of preserving the local structure of data manifold, locality preserving projections are used for features dimension reduction without missing the original information. Since continuous hidden Markov model (CHMM) can take multiple fault features into consideration and also capture the stochastic characteristics of fault features in the time domain, CHMM-based negative log likelihood probability is built as a new health assessment indication. The experiment results show that, compared with the general features, the proposed degradation indicator shows great trend of the bearing health and is more sensitive to incipient defects.


Rolling elements bearings Locality preserving projections Continuous hidden Markov model Negative log likelihood probability Fault features Degradation indicator 



The work described in this paper was supported by a grant from the National Defence Researching Fund (No. 9140A27020413JB11076).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuai Zhang
    • 1
  • Yongxiang Zhang
    • 1
  • Lei Li
    • 1
  • Jieping Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Naval University of Engineering Power Engineering Marine EngineeringWuhanChina

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