This course covers a wide range of topics associated with vibration and shock applications in order to enable the course participants to acquire a basic understanding of the complex field of vibration and shock. Each of the subject areas covered in this course have expanded coverage in their own three day courses for those individuals who need a more thorough understanding for their application.
Lectures and videotaped physical demonstrations show for example: how structures behave when mechanically excited, how to use pickups to sense input and response forces and motions, how to read out and evaluate the resulting electrical signals.
The course commences with an introduction to vibration and its effects and then proceeds to cover basic theory needed to understand the rest of the material covered. While mathematics are kept to a minimum, it is necessary to cover a sufficient amount so that the concepts of vibration can be understood. The course presents some basic theory of data acquisition, electronic filters and measurement systems.
Various types of vibration exciters or shakers are discussed next. Random vibration theory, including power spectral density theory, is discussed and video demonstrations show the effects of sinusoidal and random vibration. Some basic theory of spectral analysis, filters and vibration measurement systems provides a background for understanding data acquisition and analysis topics. The course touches on test fixture design for vibration testing.
Different types of sinusoidal and random vibration testing are discussed next. Material fatigue and the correct use of S-N curves for designing product life testing and developing accelerated product development testing procedures are covered. An introduction to modal analysis and testing theory and application is addressed and its use for product design.
Mechanical shock applications, including design to withstand shock, are discussed in some detail. Environmental test standards and specifications are surveyed, along with methods for tailoring of requirements for the test department. Finally, the course addresses reliability topics.