IS200VVIBH1CAB - Vibration Monitor Board

IS200VVIBH1CAB - Vibration Monitor Board IS200VVIBH1CAB - Vibration Monitor Board

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Part No.: IS200VVIBH1CAB
Manufacturer: General Electric
Size: 33.0 cm high x 17.8 cm wide
Number of channels: 26
Availability: In Stock
Country of Manufacture: United States (USA)

Functional Description

IS200VVIBH1CAB is a Resistance Temperature Device (RTD) terminal board developed by GE. It is a part of Mark VI control system. The Vibration Monitor (VVIB) board serves as a critical component in the turbine control system, tasked with processing vibration probe signals originating from either the TVIB or DVIB terminal boards The board is designed to accommodate up to 14 vibration probes, directly connected to the terminal board. It supports the connection of two TVIB boards to the VVIB processor board, enabling the simultaneous processing of multiple vibration signals.

Signal Processing and Transmission

  • Vibration signals from the multitude of probes connected to the terminal board, the VVIB board embarks on a transformative journey, meticulously processing these analog signals to unlock their full potential in the digital realm. This pivotal stage is marked by the digitization of the raw vibration data, a process vital for its subsequent transmission over the VME bus to the central controller of the Mark VI control system.
  • The journey begins as the VVIB board harnesses its sophisticated signal processing capabilities to convert the incoming analog signals into digital format. This transformation is achieved through a series of meticulously orchestrated steps, involving precision analog-to-digital conversion techniques. By converting the analog signals into a digital representation, the VVIB board ensures not only the preservation of signal integrity but also the elimination of potential distortions or inaccuracies inherent in analog transmission.
  • Once digitized, the vibration parameters encoded within the digital signals are primed for transmission across the VME bus to the central controller. The VME bus, renowned for its robustness and high-speed data transfer capabilities, serves as the conduit through which the digitized vibration data embarks on its journey towards informing critical decision-making processes within the control system.
  • The digital transmission of vibration data over the VME bus offers several distinct advantages. Firstly, it enables rapid and efficient communication between the VVIB board and the central controller, facilitating real-time monitoring and analysis of turbine performance. Additionally, the digital format ensures the accurate representation of vibration parameters, eliminating the potential for signal degradation or loss commonly associated with analog transmission methods.
  • The digital nature of the transmitted data allows for seamless integration with advanced data processing algorithms and diagnostic tools employed by the central controller. This synergy between digital signal transmission and sophisticated data analytics empowers operators with unparalleled insights into turbine health and performance, enabling proactive maintenance and optimization strategies.

Compatible Vibration Probes

The Mark VI control system utilized with the VVIB board employs Bently Nevada probes for shaft vibration monitoring. The system is compatible with various types of vibration probes, including:

  • Proximity Probes: Proximity probes are adept at measuring the radial displacement of shafts, providing valuable insights into shaft position and eccentricity. These probes play a crucial role in detecting potential shaft misalignment or rotor imbalance, preempting operational disruptions and prolonging equipment lifespan.
  • Velocity Probes: Velocity probes excel at capturing the speed and direction of shaft movement, offering valuable data on rotational dynamics and shaft behavior. By monitoring velocity fluctuations, operators can identify irregularities indicative of bearing wear, lubrication issues, or mechanical resonance, facilitating proactive maintenance interventions.
  • Acceleration Probes: Acceleration probes specialize in detecting sudden changes in shaft acceleration, offering real-time feedback on vibration intensity and frequency. These probes are instrumental in identifying abnormal vibration patterns associated with rotor-stator interactions, blade passing frequencies, or structural resonances, enabling prompt corrective actions to avert potential failures.
  • Seismic Probes: Seismic probes are engineered to capture ground vibration transmitted through the turbine foundation, providing insights into environmental conditions and structural integrity. By monitoring seismic activity, operators can assess the impact of external factors such as earthquakes or nearby construction activities on turbine performance, optimizing operational parameters accordingly.
  • Phase Probes: Phase probes offer precise measurements of the phase relationship between vibration signals, facilitating advanced diagnostics of rotating machinery dynamics. By analyzing phase discrepancies between multiple probes, operators can pinpoint issues such as shaft bow, rotor rubs, or coupling misalignment, enhancing predictive maintenance strategies and minimizing downtime.

For enhanced monitoring capabilities, the terminal board can be connected to a Bently Nevada 3500 monitoring system, providing additional insights into turbine vibration dynamics.

Protective Functions in Turbine Applications

Vibration probes play a crucial role in turbine applications, serving four primary protective functions:

  • Vibration Proximity Monitoring: Detects peak-to-peak radial displacement of the shaft, utilizing non-contacting probes and Proximitors to identify alarms, trips, and faults related to shaft motion in journal bearings.
  • Rotor Axial Position Monitoring: Observes the motion of the thrust collar on the turbine rotor through a probe mounted in a bracket assembly off the thrust bearing casing. This system detects thrust bearing wear alarms, trips, and faults.
  • Differential Expansion Monitoring: Utilizes non-contacting probes and Proximitors to detect alarms, trips, and faults related to excessive expansion differential between the rotor and the turbine casing.
  • Rotor Eccentricity Monitoring: Continuously senses the shaft surface adjacent to the probe, updating turbine control systems. It calculates eccentricity once per revolution during turning gear operation, providing alarm and fault indications.


  • Probe Power Supply: The Vibration Monitor (VVIB) board provides power to the probes by stepping down the voltage from the -28 V DC bus to -24 V DC. Each probe supply is current-limited to ensure safe operation.
  • Transducer Load: Each transducer connected to the VVIB board imposes a load of 12 mA. This current requirement is factored into the overall design to ensure proper power distribution and stability.
  • Signal Sampling: The VVIB board employs a 16-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converter for probe signal sampling. However, the effective resolution is 14 bits, ensuring accurate representation of the vibration data.
  • Buffered Outputs: The board features buffered outputs to ensure signal accuracy when interfacing with the Bently Nevada 3500 vibration analysis system. The amplitude accuracy of these buffered outputs is maintained at an impressive 0.1%, providing reliable data for precise vibration analysis and diagnostics.

Sampling Rates

During operation, the VVIB board samples probe signals at a rate of 4,600 samples per second in fast scan mode, applicable when the turbine speed ranges from 4,000 to 17,500 rpm. For speeds below 4,000 rpm or when nine or more probes are in use, the sampling rate is reduced to 2,586 samples per second. All inputs are sampled simultaneously within time windows of 160 ms, ensuring synchronized data acquisition.

Rated RPM Configuration

The configuration of the VVIB board depends on the rated revolutions per minute (RPM) of the turbine:

  • If the rated RPM exceeds 4,000, the board supports the use of eight vibration channels, with the remaining channels allocated for proximity or position monitoring.
  • If the rated RPM is below 4,000, the board can accommodate up to 16 vibration channels, alongside other probe types such as proximity or position sensors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is IS200VVIBH1CAB?
It is a Resistance Temperature Device terminal board developed by GE.

What diagnostics are performed on the vibration probe inputs?
The system conducts both high/low limit checks on the input signal, utilizing both hardware and software methods. The software limit check is adjustable in the field, ensuring flexibility in monitoring parameters.

What conditions trigger a probe fault, alarm, or trip?
A fault, alarm, or trip condition occurs if either of an X or Y probe pair exceeds its preset limits. This comprehensive approach ensures timely detection and response to potential issues, enhancing system reliability.

How does the application software handle vibration trips in the presence of probe faults?
The application software incorporates logic to prevent a vibration trip (the AC component) if a probe fault is detected based on the DC component. This preventive measure ensures that erroneous trips are avoided, maintaining system stability and minimizing downtime.

How are position inputs monitored for thrust wear protection, differential expansion, and eccentricity?
Position inputs for various protective functions undergo monitoring similar to vibration inputs. However, only the DC component of the signal is utilized for position indication, tailored to the specific requirements of thrust wear protection, differential expansion, and eccentricity monitoring.