Researcher

Dr Wade Smith

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Wade Smith is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He is a member of the WAVES group (Wear, Aeroacoustics and Vibration in Engineering Systems) and works in the Tribology and Machine Condition Monitoring laboratory.

Research interests

  • Vibration-based diagnostics of rotating machinery, including variable speed applications
  • Prognostics of rotating machinery
  • Gear wear monitoring and prediction...view more

Wade Smith is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He is a member of the WAVES group (Wear, Aeroacoustics and Vibration in Engineering Systems) and works in the Tribology and Machine Condition Monitoring laboratory.

Research interests

  • Vibration-based diagnostics of rotating machinery, including variable speed applications
  • Prognostics of rotating machinery
  • Gear wear monitoring and prediction using vibration, acoustic emissions and transmission error analysis
  • Simulation and modelling of rotating machines for diagnostic applications
  • Signal processing of machine vibration signatures, in particular using cyclostationarity
  • Operational modal analysis using the cepstrum, with applications in structural health monitoring

Current PhD/Masters projects

  • Gear diagnostics in a planetary gearbox using an internal sensor
  • Gear wear monitoring and prediction
  • Sliding contact-induced vibration
  • Transmission-error-based gear diagnostics
  • Bearing prognostics

Potential upcoming PhD/Masters projects

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD or Masters project in our group, please contact Prof. Zhongxiao Peng or Dr Pietro Borghesani.

Research Facilities

The Tribology and Machine Condition Monitoring laboratory is equipped with a wide range of research facilities, including:

  • two gearbox test rigs (one planetary, one parallel)
  • a rolling element bearing test rig
  • an engine test rig
  • a friction rig
  • a tribometer
  • a high quality microscope
  • extensive instrumentation (e.g., frequency analysers, accelerometers, acoustic emissions sensors, shaft encoders, etc.)
  • access to other UNSW image acquisition equipment, such as laser scanning confocal microscopes, scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes

 Current and recent research collaborations

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