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Modern rolling practices developed around customer requirements for high quality controlled steel products and the need to maximize plant availability, resulting in increasing demands on the integrity of critical plant components. A major example is the duty imposed on rolling mill main driveshafts which frequently operate at or beyond their fatigue limits, resulting in unexpected fatigue failures. A technique for the permanent monitoring of such mill drive systems to determine residual fatigue life to assist with maintenance management is described. The application of this approach and experience gained from the development of a prototype system, using parallel processing to ensure uninterrupted monitoring, are outlined. A method for the evaluation of wear in drive trains from a considration of torque amplifcation effects has been investigated and shows potential but requires further, more detailed investigations which are beyond the scope of this project.

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Authors: PEACOCK K, British Steel, Teesside Technology Centre, Middlesborough (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15847 EN (1996) 44pp., FS, ECU 7.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-6970-4
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