Researcher

Dr Wade Smith

Fields of Research (FoR)

Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control, Signal Processing, Simulation and Modelling, Mechanical Engineering

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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