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Source Quantitative Identification by ReferenceBased Cubic Blind Deconvolution Algorithm
Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering volume 36, Article number: 98 (2023)
Abstract
The semiblind deconvolution algorithm improves the separation accuracy by introducing reference information. However, the separation performance depends largely on the construction of reference signals. To improve the robustness of the semiblind deconvolution algorithm to the reference signals and the convergence speed, the referencebased cubic blind deconvolution algorithm is proposed in this paper. The proposed algorithm can be combined with the contribution evaluation to provide trustworthy guidance for suppressing satellite microvibration. The normalized referencebased cubic contrast function is proposed and the validity of the new contrast function is theoretically proved. By deriving the optimal step size of gradient iteration under the new contrast function, we propose an efficient adaptive step optimization method. Furthermore, the contribution evaluation method based on vector projection is presented to implement the source contribution evaluation. Numerical simulation analysis is carried out to validate the availability and superiority of this method. Further tests given by the simulated satellite experiment and satellite ground experiment also confirm the effectiveness. The signals of control moment gyroscope and flywheel were extracted, respectively, and the contribution evaluation of vibration sources to the sensitive load area was realized. This research proposes a more accurate and robust algorithm for the source separation and provides an effective tool for the quantitative identification of the mechanical vibration sources.
1 Introduction
The microvibration of the sensitive load area is one of the key factors which affect the positioning accuracy and observation resolution of the satellite [1, 2]. The amplitude of the satellite microvibration is generally in the order of μm or even smaller. And its acceleration is generally in the order of mg. The microvibration with small amplitude does significant harm to satellite performance. The contribution proportions of the main sources to the sensitive load area obtained through the source quantitative identification can provide trustworthy guide for satellite microvibration suppression and possess great significance for improving satellite positioning accuracy, resolution and other performance.
The acquisition of pure source signals is one of the critical factors to accurately evaluate the contributions of the sources to the sensitive load area. However, the mixtures formed after mixing of multiple vibration sources rather than the source signals themselves are measured by the sensors. Therefore, extracting pure source signals from these mixtures is the basis for the smooth progress of source quantitative identification. The classical signal processing methods, such as variational mode decomposition (VMD) [3, 4], empirical mode decomposition (EMD) [5, 6] and wavelet transform (WT) [7, 8], have been proposed to acquire the source information from the mixture. It is to be regretted that these methods may fail in the satellite system, because the nonlinear characteristics caused by aluminum honeycomb sandwich panel and bolted connections will produce many harmonics, which increases the difficulty of source signals extraction.
Without prior information or with a small amount, Blind Source Separation (BSS) [9,10,11] possesses the ability for source separation only based on the mixed signals. It is extensively applied in acoustic signal processing [12, 13], biomedical signal processing [14, 15], communication system [16], image processing [17, 18] and mechanical systems [19, 20]. For complex mechanical systems, such as the satellite system, the mixing form of the multiple vibration signals is close to the convolutive mixing model. After years of research, many classical blind deconvolution algorithms have been proposed. By converting the convolutive mixing into the linear ones, the fast multichannel blind deconvolution (MBD) algorithm is proposed by Thomas et al. [21]. Simon et al. [22] took higherorder cumulant as contrast function to realize the source signal extraction from the convolutive mixtures. In recent years, the semiBSS algorithm improves the separation accuracy by introducing reference information, and has received considerable attentions. Castella et al. [23] introduced the reference signal into the higherorder cumulant and proposed the referencebased quadratic contrast function, which is effective on the i.i.d. and noni.i.d. sources. In the framework of the referencebased quadratic contrast function, some optimization methods are proposed [24, 25]. On this basis, Dubroca et al. [26] proposed the referencebased cubic contrast function. The new contrast function shows less dependent on the reference signal, which provides great convenience for constructing the reference signal and improves the feasibility of the algorithm in practical application. As the optimization to the new contrast function, a general algebraic algorithm based on the best rank1 tensor approximate is carried out. But this algebraic optimization method requires a good knowledge of the order of the filter due to its sensitivity on the rank estimation. Hence, Brahim et al. [27] proposed a new optimization algorithm which is based on a fixed step gradient and does not require any rank estimation. However, the fixed step optimization is timeconsuming.
For the highprecision source extraction, the referencebased cubic blind deconvolution (RBCBD) algorithm is proposed. We first propose the normalized referencebased cubic contrast function and theoretically prove its validity. The new contrast function is then optimized by the adaptive step iteration, which does not require any rank estimation and which improves the efficiency. We also introduce the reference signal iterative updating and the deflation procedure to further improve the accuracy. Furthermore, the contribution evaluation method based on vector projection is presented to accurately evaluate the source contribution, so as to achieve the source quantitative identification. The validation of the proposed method is given by numerical simulation. The simulated satellite experiment constructed with reference to the real satellite was carried out to further verify this method. To confirm the effectiveness of the satellite microvibration source quantitative identification, the proposed method was applied to the satellite ground experiment to extract the signals of control moment gyroscope and flywheel and to compute the contribution proportions of the vibration sources to the sensitive load area.
The main structure of this paper is arranged below. The newly proposed RBCBD algorithm is introduced in Section 2. Contribution evaluation method based on vector projection is presented in Section 3. Section 4 gives the performance analysis of the source quantitative identification method through several numerical simulations. Then its availability is further confirmed by the simulated satellite experiment and satellite ground experiment in Section 5. Section 6 presents the conclusions.
2 ReferenceBased Cubic Blind Deconvolution Algorithm
Extracting pure sources is the first step to obtain accurate source contribution, thus the RBCBD algorithm is proposed in this section to achieve efficient source extraction. Firstly, the blind deconvolution model is briefly introduced. Subsequently, the normalized referencebased cubic contrast function is presented. Finally, the novel contrast function is optimized through the adaptive step optimization method to realize the source extraction.
2.1 Blind Deconvolution Mathematical Model
For the Ndimensional unknown sources \({\varvec{s}} = (s_{1} ,s_{2} , \ldots, s_{N} )^{{\text{T}}}\), the mathematical expression of their convolution mixing result is
where the Mdimensional mixed signals \({\varvec{x}} = (x_{1} ,x_{2} , \ldots,x_{M} )^{{\text{T}}}\) are collected by multiple sensors; A denotes the mixing matrix filter; M is the number of mixed signals; N is the number of source signals. It's commonly presumed that M is not less than N.
If the blind separation results are demanded to be closer to the expected one, some assumptions must be imposed on the unknown source signals and convolutive mixing system:
A1. \({\varvec{s}}(n)\) are statistically independent.
A2. The mixing system is stable and invertible.
In the multiinput/singleoutput (MISO) context, the purpose of the blind deconvolution is to obtain the separation vector filter w and then the estimated source signal can be obtained by:
where y(n) is an effective recovery of the source signal.
The global vector filter g(n) is defined as:
Thus,
where \(*\) is the symbol of the convolution operation.
Without prior information of any sources or the hybrid system, there exist some indeterminacies in the estimation results only through the observed signal. The extraction of the source signal can be achieved when the following condition is met:
where \(g_{i} (n) \triangleq \left( {{\varvec{g}}(n)} \right)_{i}\) represents the ith element of the global vector filter; \(\delta_{{i,i_{0} }}\) is the Kronnecker impulse function; ε is a nonzero impulse response filter.
Eq. (5) expresses that separated signal y(n) is equivalent to a filtering of the source \(s_{{i_{{0}} }}\) by a impulse response filter ε(n). Thus, the extracted signal is a filtered and permuted version of the source signal. These indeterminacies will not affect the contribution evaluation, which will be shown in the contribution evaluation section.
2.2 Normalized ReferenceBased Cubic Contrast Function
One critical factor of blind separation is the contrast function. BSS can be considered as one optimization issue because maximizing or minimizing the appropriate contrast function can give an effective estimation of the source. Here, the general contrast function of BSS needs to meet the following properties:
P1.
where Y denotes the set of output of Eq. (4).
P2. The equivalence in Eq. (6) holds if and only if y(n) is a source filtered version obtained by the impulse response filter ε(n), that is, when the global vector filter satisfies Eq. (5).
We present the normalized referencebased cubic contrast function as follows:
The reference signal r(n) is presumed to satisfy the assumption below:
A3. r(n) is obtained by filtering the source signal with a vector filter h(m):
Under assumptions A1, A2 and A3, J in Eq. (7) is a contrast function, i.e., J satisfies the properties P1 and P2. The proof is given below.
\(C_{r} \left\{ {y(n)} \right\} \triangleq {\text{Cum}}\left\{ {y(n),y(n),y(n),r(n)} \right\}\) denotes the referencebased cubic fourthorder cumulant.
Define \(\overline{J}(y)\) by:
It is easy to know that the proof of J as the contrast function is equivalent to the proof of \(\overline{J}\) as the contrast. Alternatively, the proof of \(\overline{J}\) as contrast function will be made.
Firstly, the denominator part of Eq. (9) is analyzed. We define \(\left\ {g_{i} } \right\_{i}^{2}\) by:
Then we can get:
and thus,
Secondly, the numerator part \(\left {C_{r} \left\{ {y(n)} \right\}} \right\) of Eq. (9) is analyzed. Define \(\overline{y}_{i} (n)\) by:
where
Define \(C_{r}^{\max }\) by:
where
Using the assumption A3, the mutual independence of signals \(\overline{y}_{i} (n)\) and properties of cumulants, we have:
thus,
Finally, using Eq. (12) and Eq. (18), we have:
The above inequality proves the property P1 is satisfied.
When equality is satisfied, we have:
Then, at most one of \(\left\ {g_{i} } \right\_{i}^{2}\) is nonzero for all \(i \in \left\{ {1, \cdots ,N} \right\}\). And \(C_{r}^{\max } { = }C_{{r,{\kern 1pt} {\kern 1pt} i}}\) for this value of i. So far, the above derivation proves that property P2 can also be satisfied.
Therefore, we theoretically prove the validity of the normalized referencebased cubic contrast function.
In this section, we present the referencebased cubic contrast function, transforming the blind deconvolution problem into the optimization problem of maximizing the contrast function.
2.3 Optimization Method
2.3.1 Adaptive Step Size Gradient Optimization
We suppose that the separation vector filter w is a FIR filter with the filtering order D. The blind deconvolution model can be expressed by another form, that is, the ICA model:
where
\({\varvec{R}} \triangleq {\text{E}}\left\{ {{\underline {\varvec{x}} }(n){\underline {\varvec{x}} }(n)^{{\text{T}}} } \right\}\) is defined as the covariance matrix of the mixed signals, then we have \({\text{E}}\left\{ {\left {y(n)} \right^{2} } \right\} = {\underline {\varvec{w}} \varvec{R}\underline {\varvec{w}} }^{{\text{T}}}\). The contrast function J is a function of w:
where
The iterative process with the gradient method is:
where k is the iteration number; μ is the iterative step; and d represents the gradient of J(w), that is:
where
with
The convergence performance in terms of speed and accuracy will be directly influenced by the value of μ. As explained in Ref. [28]: A small μ will cause the algorithm slowly converge to the extreme point, while a large one will accelerate the convergence, also produce large steadystate error. To obtain \({\underline {\varvec{w}} }\) rapidly and stably, it is expected that we can adaptively obtain the optimal value of μ to maximize the contrast function at every iteration, that is:
The adaptive step size \(\mu_{adap}\) is calculated below.
The derivative at the extreme point for a continuous function is 0, so the optimal step should meet that:
Deduce the left side of Eq. (31), we have:
where K is a constant; and
where \(\circ\) is the symbol of Hadamard product; and
Constant K does not affect the solution. Then the real roots of the polynomial p(μ) = a_{3}μ^{3} + a_{2}μ^{2}+ a_{1}μ+a_{0} are the candidates of μ_{adap}. Substitute each candidate value into J(w + μd), the candidate that maximize J(w + μd) is the adaptive step size μ_{adap}. In each iteration, μ_{adap} is calculated first, which can significantly improve efficiency and ensure stability.
Owing to the inevitable scaling indeterminacy of BSS, the scale of the separation vector filter will not affect the separation performance. Hence, the constraint of unitpower E{y(n)^{2}} = 1 is common in BSS. This constraint is achieved by normalizing w(k + 1) after each iteration in the following form:
Repeat iteration until convergence, and the extraction of one source can be achieved by:
The convergence can be judged by comparing the contrast function values before and after iteration.
Therefore, the steps of the single source signal extraction are as follows:

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Center the mixed signals x(n).

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Rewrite the mixed signals x(n) into its timedelay form x(n).

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Initialize w randomly and normalize it by Eq. (35).

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Calculate the gradient d by Eq. (27).

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Calculate the adaptive step size by Eq. (30).

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Iterate w by w (k + 1) = w (k)+ μ_{adap}d.

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Normalize w (k + 1) by Eq. (35).

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If not convergence, go back to step (4).

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If convergence, extract the source signal by Eq. (36).
2.3.2 Optimization of Reference Signal Iterative Updating
An optimization method by iteratively updating reference signal [26] is introduced to further improve the separation accuracy.
The signal y(n) extracted through the maximization of contrast function \(J({\underline {\varvec{w}} })\) is more identical to the source s_{i}(n) than the reference signal r(n). Therefore, taking the extracted signal y(n) as a new reference signal, we extract the source again by the proposed algorithm in Section 2.3.1. Then repeat the above operations several times. Single source signal extraction with the optimization method is carried out as follows:

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Construct the reference signal r(n).

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Set l = 0.

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Obtain the separation vector filter w and the extracted signal y(n) = wx(n) by the proposed algorithm in Section 2.3.1.

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Set l = l + 1.

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If l does not reach the preset number of iterations, i.e., l < l_{rs}, set r(n) = y(n) and go back to step (3).

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If l reaches the preset number of iterations, i.e. l ≥ l_{rs}, the single source signal extraction is achieved.
2.4 Extraction of Multiple Source Signals
Let the mixed signals subtract the contribution of the previously extracted source signal, which can reduce separation difficulty and improve separation accuracy [29]. Wiener filter is taken to extract the source contribution. The parameters of the Wiener filter extracting the contributions of y_{i} in x can be solved by:
where \({\varvec{R}}_{{xy_{i} }}\) is an (M×L) matrix in which \({\varvec{R}}_{{xy_{i} }} (u,v) = {\text{E}}\left\{ {x_{u} (n)y_{i} (n  v + 1)} \right\}\); \({\varvec{R}}_{{y_{i} }}\) is an (L×L) matrix in which \({\varvec{R}}_{{y_{i} }} (u,v) = {\text{E}}\left[ {y_{i} (n  v)y_{i} (n  u)} \right]\); L is the Wiener filter length.
Then the contributions of y_{i} in x can be obtained by:
where \(\hat{y}_{ij}\) denotes the contribution of y_{i} in x_{j}.
Replacing the original mixed signals x with the remaining mixed signals \({\varvec{x}}_{r}={\varvec{x}}  \hat{{\varvec{y}}}_{i}\) reduces the source number in the mixtures. Then continue the source extraction based on the remaining mixed signals. Repeat the extraction process until all estimated source signals \({\varvec{y}} = (y_{1} ,y_{2} , \ldots,y_{N} )^{{\text{T}}}\) are obtained.
The flowchart of multiple source signals extraction is illustrated in Figure 1.
3 Contribution Evaluation Based on Vector Projection
Source quantitative identification includes source extraction and relative influence evaluation of the different sources on the observations. The contribution evaluation is an intuitive mathematical expression of this relative influence proportion. The contribution evaluation is usually based on signal energy [30, 31]. However, under the conditions of frequencyband overlap, the energy sum of each source contribution is not equal to the energy of the mixed signal, causing the energyrelated contribution evaluation can't accurately express the true influence.
The contribution evaluation method based on vector projection is presented. By the form of vector inner product, the source contribution \(\hat{y}_{ij}\) is projected on the mixed signal x_{j} as:
where \(\cdot\) represents the inner product operation; \(\left\ \cdot \right\_{2}\) denotes the 2norm.
Then the contribution proportion (CP) of the ith extracted source y_{i} to the jth mixed observation x_{j} is expressed through the proportion of \(\hat{y}_{ij}^{\prime }\) in x_{j}:
Easy to get that the mixed signal at one observation point is the sum of each source contributions at this point, that is
Combining Eqs. (40)−(41) and the linear characteristic of inner product, the totality of each source contribution proportions at the jth observation point is
The sum of contribution proportions is 1, which indicates that the obtained CP can truly and quantitatively evaluate the relative influence of each source in the mixed signals.
But for the energybased contribution evaluation does not always meet \(x_{j}^{2} = \sum\nolimits_{i = 1}^{N} {\hat{y}_{ij}^{2} }\), so \(\sum\nolimits_{i = 1}^{N} {{{\hat{y}_{ij}^{2} } \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{\hat{y}_{ij}^{2} } {x_{j}^{2} }}} \right. \kern0pt} {x_{j}^{2} }}}\) is not always equal to 1, indicating that the obtained contribution by the energybased contribution quantification can’t truly express the relative impact from each source.
It should be noted that Eq. (40) is the case of one direction. For the case of multidirectional vibration such as the vibration in Xdirection, Ydirection and Zdirection, the source contributions in each direction need to be obtained respectively, and then the overall CP of the ith source to x_{j} is calculated as follows:
where ()_{x}, ()_{y} and ()_{z} represent the signal in X, Y and Zdirection, respectively.
4 Simulations Analysis
4.1 Superiority of the RBCBD Algorithm
The following comparison algorithms are taken to verify the superiority of the RBCBD algorithm. Algorithm A: The contrast function is the normalized referencebased quadratic contrast function and its optimization method is the adaptive step optimization method; Algorithm B: The referencebased cubic contrast function and the fixed step optimization method; Algorithm C: The classical fourthorder cumulant contrast function and the adaptive step optimization method.
The types of the source signals are set as below: s_{1}(t) is a sinusoidal wave; s_{2}(t) and s_{3}(t) are multicomponent signals. The generated source signals follow the form of these functions:
where f_{1}, f_{2}, f_{3} and the signal phases are generated stochastically. The sampling frequency is 1024 Hz. The entire sampling time is 1 s. The filtering order of the randomly generated mixing filter A is 10. 25 dB white noise is added to the model shown in Eq. (1) to obtain the mixed signal x.
The source extraction performance is measured by the global filter error index in Ref. [26], which is defined as:
The value range of the error index is [0, 1]. And the closer this error index is to 0, the better the extraction performance is.
4.1.1 Selection of the Iterative Number of the Reference Signal
This section explores the influence of the iterative number of the reference signal l_{rs} on extraction performance. The source signals are generated by the functions in Eq. (44). The mixed signals x obtained by x = A*s are processed by the proposed algorithm with different l_{rs}. The first mixed signal x_{1} is selected as the reference signal. The algorithm parameters are set as follows: The maximum iteration number is 50000; the separation filter order D is 10; the convergence threshold is 10^{−6}. The average e_{g} of 20 random runs is brought to evaluate the extraction performance. In each run, the coefficients of A and the phases of each source are regenerated stochastically. Figure 2 demonstrates the error index of different iterative number l_{rs} with the increase of the number of samples N_{e}.
As can be seen from Figure 2, the extraction performance will not be significantly improved with the increase of l_{rs} under the condition of l_{rs} > 3. Therefore, in the next simulations and experiments, l_{rs} are set to 3 both in the RBCBD algorithm and the algorithm A and B.
4.1.2 Effect of the Reference Signal
This section explores the effect of the reference signal and compares the proposed algorithm with algorithm A and algorithm B. We choose \(r(n) = \beta s_{1} (n) + (1  \beta )s_{2} (n)\) with β \(\in\)[0, 1] as the reference signal. The proposed RBCBD algorithm and the comparison algorithms are taken to deal with the mixed signals respectively. The e_{g} of the three algorithms is drawn versus β in Figure 3 where each e_{g} is the average of 20 runs. The three algorithms use the same parameter settings: The maximum iteration number is 50000; the separation filter order D is 10; the convergence threshold is 10^{−6}.
As shown in Figure 3, better results of the three algorithms are all obtained when β is near to 0 or 1. With β near to 0.5, algorithm A fails to extract, while the proposed algorithm still works well. Since the adaptive step optimization method is adopted in the proposed algorithm, the oscillation near the convergence point can be effectively eliminated, reducing the steadystate error. Therefore, the proposed algorithm has higher separation accuracy than algorithm B with fixed step size. These results verify that the proposed algorithm is a more robust algorithm. The satisfying result can still be obtained by RBCBD algorithm even with the inaccurate reference signal, which illustrates that the proposed RBCBD algorithm is less sensitive to the reference signal. This provides great convenience for the construction of the reference signal and improves the feasibility of the algorithm in practical application.
4.1.3 Comparison in Extraction Accuracy
To analyze the extraction performance in noisy situations, RBCBD algorithm and the comparison algorithms are adopted to deal with the mixed signals x with noise. The average e_{g} of the four algorithms is drawn versus the signaltonoise ratio (SNR) of the added noise in Figure 4 where each e_{g} is the average of 20 runs.
As can be perceived from Figure 4, the algorithms with reference is superior to algorithm C without reference in extraction accuracy, indicating that the introduction of the reference signal can improve the extraction accuracy. The algorithm A with accurate reference signals also has high separation accuracy. However, algorithm B has lower separation accuracy than the proposed algorithm and algorithm A due to the influence of steadystate error.
4.1.4 Comparison on Extraction Efficiency
To compare the extraction efficiency, the RBCBD algorithm and comparison algorithms are taken to deal with the mixtures x with 25 dB noise. The number of iterations is drawn versus the number of samples in Figure 5 where each number of iterations is the average of 20 runs. The running time of the four algorithms is drawn versus the number of samples in Figure 6 where each running time is the average of 20 runs.
As can be perceived in Figures 5 and 6, the RBCBD algorithm with the adaptive step optimization is superior to algorithm B with the fixed step optimization in efficiency, indicating that the adaptive step optimization can significantly improve the efficiency. It should be noted that the suitable value 0.01 is selected for the step size of algorithm B in this comparison through the attempt of different values in advance. A smaller step size will lead to the slower convergence, while a bigger step size will result in difficult convergence due to the larger steadystate error. Therefore, the efficiency advantage of the RBCBD algorithm will be more obvious in practical applications where there is no prior information for a suitable step size.
However, the extraction efficiency of the proposed algorithm is lower than that of the quadratic algorithm A with the adaptive step optimization. Compared with algorithm C, which also adopts the adaptive step optimization, the proposed algorithm does not show obvious efficiency advantage. The computational complexity in each iteration of the proposed cubic algorithm is greater than that of the quadratic algorithm, magnifying the advantage of algorithm A in running time. Therefore, the improvement of the referencebased cubic algorithm in terms of separation accuracy and robustness on the reference signals is at the cost of reducing the efficiency, while the proposed algorithm relieves the efficiency problem by the adaptive step optimization.
To sum up, through the above comparisons, the proposed method has the following superiorities. The extraction accuracy is improved by introducing reference signal. The proposed algorithm is more robust to the reference signal selection. The proposed algorithm improves the efficiency by the adaptive step size gradient optimization.
4.2 Validation of the Source Quantitative Identification
The frequencies f_{1}, f_{2} and f_{3} in Eq. (44) used to generate the sources are set to 70 Hz, 80 Hz and 50 Hz respectively. The phases of the corresponding sources are generated stochastically. The temporal waveforms and frequency spectrums of simulation sources are displayed in Figure 7. The mixed signals as shown in Figure 8 are obtained by x = A*s and adding an additional 25 dB noise. The mixed signals are handled with the proposed RBCBD algorithm, and the extracted source signals are presented in Figure 9. The error indexes e_{g} of each extracted signal are 8.41×10^{−4}, 2.78×10^{−4}, and 4.37×10^{−4}, respectively, indicating that the successful source extraction has been achieved by the RBCBD algorithm.
Then the CP of each source to different observed signals is worked out by the contribution evaluation method presented in Eq. (40), so as to achieve the quantitative identification of sources.
The true source contributions can be calculated by the known s and A, and then the true CP can be obtained. Figure 10 lists both the calculated CP and the true one. It is obvious that the calculated CP are very close to the true CP. The mean error is 0.51% and the maximum is only 1.07%. The results firmly verified the availability of the source quantitative identification method.
5 Experimental Verification
Further test is given by the vibration experiment of simulated satellite of aluminum honeycomb structure. Next, satellite ground experiment is carried out to prove the validity of the proposed method in the quantitative identification of the satellite microvibration sources.
5.1 Simulated Satellite Experiment
In this section, we conducted the excitation experiment on a simulated satellite to further verify the availability of this method.
5.1.1 Experimental Setup
An experimental device simulating the actual satellite structure was manufactured, and the excitation experiment was carried out. The overall experimental system is exhibited in Figure 11.
The experimental model is made of the aluminum honeycomb sandwich plate, and the plates are connected by embedded bolts. The manufacturing materials and the connection form widely appear in actual satellites. The model is divided into upper and lower cabins to simulate the payload and propulsion cabin respectively. The camera is simulated by an aluminum column structure, which is arranged on the top.
The model was lifted on the steel tubes bracket by the elastic slings to isolate the ground vibration. Motors and vibration exciters for generating four experimental source signals were arranged around the lower cabin. The experimental model is shown in Figure 11a.
The experimental control instruments shown in Figure 11b were placed in another room to isolate the selfgenerated noise, where HBM DAS recorded the vibration signals measured by PCB356b18 accelerometers. The vibration exciters were controlled through power amplifier and signal generator, and the motors were controlled through the speed controllers to obtain the desired source signals.
The arrangement of the accelerometers is shown in Figure 11c. The accelerometers 1 and 2 were respectively arranged on the top and bottom of the camera simulator, and the accelerometers 3 and 4 were arranged on the surface of the experimental model.
5.1.2 Experimental Validation
The experimental source signals were measured by those accelerometers placed near each motor or vibration exciter when each source operates separately. The temporal waveforms and frequency spectrums of the experimental source signals are displayed in Figure 12, where the first two signals are the source signals of the exciters and the other two are those of the motors. The sampling frequency was 5000 Hz. The entire sampling time were 2 s. The subsequent spectrums only give the part of 0−200 Hz to visually display the detailed characteristics. The collected experimental mixed signals when all sources work simultaneously are presented in Figure 13.
The RBCBD algorithm was brought to process experimental mixed signals and realized source extraction. The parameter settings were as follows: The maximum iteration number was 5000; the separation filter order D was 15; the convergence threshold was 10^{−7}; the iterative number of the reference signal l_{rs} was 3. The nonlinear mode decomposition method [32,33,34] was adopted to deal with the mixed signals, from which the harmonics were extracted to be the reference signals. It can be seen from Section 4.1.2, the reference signals do not need to be very accurate, so the reference signals constructed by nonlinear mode decomposition can meet the requirements. Figure 14 exhibits the experimental extracted signals. It can be drawn from the comparison between Figure 12 and Figure 14 that the frequency composition and temporal waveform of the extracted signals are basically identical with those of the source signals. It can be considered that each extracted signal is a filtering of the corresponding source signal, so the experimental source extraction has been successfully achieved.
Then, the contribution quantification was implemented to evaluate the contributions of the sources. The microvibration at camera position is an important factor to the decline of observation satellite resolution, so we are concerned with the vibration of the camera simulator. Therefore, the CP of each source to the measuring position 1 needs to be calculated. When each source worked separately, the true contribution of each source at measuring position 1 was the signal measured by accelerometer 1, and then the true CP could be obtained. Table 1 lists both the calculated and true CP. The errors of the calculated CP are 1.96%, 2.49%, 0.05% and 0.45%, and the mean error is 1.24%.
The satisfactory results of this simulated satellite experiment demonstrate that the proposed method can successfully extract each source from the experimental mixtures and accurately evaluate the vibration effect of each source to the camera simulator. The availability of the proposed method is further confirmed.
5.2 Satellite Ground Experiment
For the feasibility test in the satellite microvibration source identification, this method was applied to satellite ground experiment to extract the signals of control moment gyroscope and flywheel and to calculate the contribution proportions of vibration sources to the sensitive load area.
5.2.1 Introduction to the Experiment System
The experiment satellite was composed of three parts: The thrust and service cabin, payload cabin and payload, as shown in Figure 15a. The microvibration sources, including one flywheel and three control moment gyroscopes (CMG 1, CMG 2 and CMG 3), were installed in the small cabins around the thrust and service cabin, as shown in Figure 15b. All instruments and equipment in the cabins were simulated by the counterweight, the weight of which was consistent with the design state. A camera simulator was used as the payload. The accelerometers were arranged on the top of the camera simulator, where was the sensitive load area.
5.2.2 Experimental Verification
Take a certain working condition as an example, in which CMG1 operated with the highspeed shaft at 6000 r/min and lowspeed shaft locked and flywheel operated at 800 r/min. By analyzing the vibration signals measured by the accelerometers, it can be found that the vibration of the measuring point 2 is greater than that of the measuring point 1. Therefore, we are mainly concerned with the vibration of the measuring point 2 and each source contribution to measuring point 2 needs to be calculated.
Firstly, we dealt with the vibrations in Xdirection. Similarly, when each source ran separately, the experimental source signals were collected. The waveforms of the signals are very complex but the Fourier spectrums are more intuitive, so only the Fourier spectrums are displayed, as shown in Figure 16, where the first signal is from the control moment gyroscope and the second signal is from the flywheel. The sampling was kept for 2 s and the sampling frequency was 6400 Hz. The 0−1000 Hz part of the signal spectrum is exhibited to show the signal characteristics in detail. When both sources were running, the first mixed signal in Figure 17 was collected by accelerometer 1 and the second by accelerometer 2.
The RBCBD algorithm was carried out to extract the source signals of ground experiment. The nonlinear mode decomposition was taken to extract harmonics signals from the observation signal of measure point 2 in the Xdirection as the reference signals. The maximum iteration number was 5000; the separation filter order D was 45; the convergence threshold was 10^{−7}; the iterative number of the reference signal l_{rs} was 3. The frequency components of the extracted signals are displayed in Figure 18. Consistent frequency components can be discovered between Figure 16 and Figure 18, indicating that the extraction of the vibration source signals is successfully achieved.
Then, the same steps were taken to process the Ydirection and Zdirection mixtures respectively to extract source signals and source contributions.
Finally, the CP of each microvibration source at measuring point 2 was calculated using the proposed contribution evaluation method, so as to accomplish the source quantitative identification. True contribution proportions were obtained by the true source contributions. Both the calculated contribution proportions and true contribution proportions are presented in Table 2. The errors of the calculated contribution proportions are 1.59% and 1.09%, and the average error is 1.34%, which meets the error requirements in engineering application. Satisfactory results have been obtained in the quantitative identification of the satellite microvibration sources.
6 Conclusions
In conclusion, the method proposed in this paper can effectively achieve the quantitative identification of the satellite microvibration sources, so as to provide the basis for suppressing the satellite microvibration.

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In this paper, aimed at the source quantitative identification, the source extraction and contribution evaluation are studied. To accurately and efficiently extract the sources, a semiblind deconvolution algorithm is proposed. We first propose the normalized referencebased cubic contrast function and theoretically prove its validity. The cubic contrast function enhances the extraction accuracy and the robustness of the algorithm. After that, by deriving the optimal step size of gradient iteration under the new contrast function, we propose the adaptive step size gradient optimization method, which improves the efficiency. Besides, by introducing the reference signal iterative updating and the deflation procedure, the accuracy of the algorithm is further improved. Furthermore, the contribution evaluation method based on vector projection is presented to realize the highaccuracy source contribution evaluation.

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Numerical simulation is constructed as the first test to authenticate the effectiveness of this method. Simulation results reveal that this method has the ability to extract simulated sources from convolution mixtures and accurately evaluate source contribution with error of less than 1.5%. Compared with other algorithms, the RBCBD algorithm is advantageous in terms of the accuracy, robustness and efficiency. Then in the simulated satellite experiment, experimental source quantitative identification is accurately realized with error of less than 3%, which further confirmed the availability.

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The method was also applied to the satellite ground experiment. The signals of CMG and flywheel were extracted respectively, and the contribution calculation of the vibration sources to the sensitive load area was successfully realized with average error 1.34%.
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Xin Luo born in 1995, is currently a PhD candidate at State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. She received her bachelor degree from Chang’an University, China, in 2017. Her research interests include blind source separation, intelligent diagnosis and condition monitoring.
Zhousuo Zhang born in 1964, is currently a professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He received his PhD degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2004. His research interests include condition monitoring, fault diagnosis and life prediction of mechanical equipment.
Teng Gong born in 1990. He received his PhD degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2021. His research interests include blind source separation, intelligent diagnosis and condition monitoring.
Yongjie Li born in 1996. He received his master degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2022. His research interests include blind source separation, intelligent diagnosis and condition monitoring.
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Luo, X., Zhang, Z., Gong, T. et al. Source Quantitative Identification by ReferenceBased Cubic Blind Deconvolution Algorithm. Chin. J. Mech. Eng. 36, 98 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1003302300928z
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Keywords
 Quantitative identification
 Referencebased cubic contrast function
 Semiblind deconvolution
 Satellite microvibration
 Adaptive step size