Strain Research on Rotating Bearings wins Fylde Prize for Best Paper
The next part of the challenge was to take diffraction measurements only when a ball in the bearing was in the correct position below the measurement point on the raceway. To do this, the detector has a “gate” in the data collection electronics. The gate is used so that the detector only counts X-rays when a signal is received from an external sensor. To provide the gate signal, the researchers fitted a proximity sensor to the rotating bearing, so that the detector could be set to collect data only when a ball was in the correct position.
A full description of the work can be found in the article in the Journal “Strain” . The concept of the stroboscopic technique was previously proved in an experiment to measure stresses inside a running motorbike engine . A paper describing the I12 beamline is also available .
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 Michael Drakopoulos , Thomas Connolley , Christina Reinhard , Robert Atwood , Oxana Magdysyuk , Nghia Vo , Mike Hart , Leigh Connor , Bob Humphreys , George Howell , Steve Davies , Tim Hill , Guy Wilkin , Ulrik Pedersen , Andrew Foster , Nicoletta De Maio , Mark Basham, Fajin Yuan , Kaz Wanelik (2015) “I12: the Joint Engineering, Environment and Processing (JEEP) beamline at Diamond Light Source” Journal Of Synchrotron Radiation 22: 828-838. doi: 10.1107/S1600577515003513