Patent Number: 8,876,393

Title: Bearing enclosure with integrated wear detection

Abstract: An electro-mechanical fuse integrated into the enclosure of a bearing assembly of a generator or like component. Under normal operation, the electro-mechanical fuse provides continuity through a bearing sensing circuit. However, ball cage damage causes the fuse to open and, in turn, the bearing sensing circuit indicates bearing wear. Thus, damage to other generator components is greatly reduced because the generator is removed for maintenance in a timely manner.

Inventors: Snelick; John (Canal Fulton, OH), Bomford; Ray (Chalfont St Peter, GB)

Assignee: Safran Power UK Ltd.

International Classification: F16C 19/52 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00