The purpose of this work is to investigate the efficiency of existing methods for on-line fault detection when applied to three-phase induction motors, spc:cifically to test known theoretical calculations of harmonics developed by certain types of faults experimentally. The work involves the development of equipment and test procedures needed and research of existing methods of fault detection. The experiments are cor~ductedb y planting a fault in a test induction machine and then performing a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) on the line current. The processed data are then compared with those from the same test machine before the fault was planted. Recognition of fault type is based on differences in spectra signatures on the line curren1:s of the faulted and healthy machines. This method potentially may be applied to other types of machines.

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