The Vibration Institute is excited to announce the schedule for the 2020 Western US Road Show. This 1-day training event features a presentation on Vibration Diagnostic Techniques by Robert J. Sayer, PE, the President of the Vibration Institute.

Monday, March 02
7777 Victoria Gardens Lane
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 

Wednesday, March 04
Crystal Instruments
2370 Owen St
Santa Clara, CA

Friday, March 06
7555 SW Nyberg St
Tualatin, OR

Speakers Announced!

Rancho Cucamonga: Daniel Goodrich, (Alta Solutions) “Digital Plant Approaches: Various Online Monitoring Methods and What They Mean to the Analyst”

Santa Clara: Scott Raber (Crystal Instruments) & Dennis Yeats, “Intelligent Diagnostic Software for Machine Vibration Analysis: Theory and Practice”

Portland: James Rasmussen (Metrix) “Evolution of Proximity Measurements”

Introduction to Vibration Diagnostics Using Case Studies

There are many techniques available for diagnosing probable root-cause of vibration that adversely affect the reliability of an asset, including time waveform and frequency analysis, natural frequency testing, experimental modal analysis (EMA), operating deflection shape (ODS), vibration video amplification (VVA), finite element analysis (FEA), and experimental stress analysis (ESA).

This presentation starts with an introduction to time waveform and frequency spectral analysis, using several case studies to illustrate the diagnosis of a vibration problem solely by these methods. Case histories are then introduced wherein the root-cause cannot be ascertained by only time waveform and frequency spectra. These cases require additional analysis techniques.

A brief introduction to modal testing and operating deflection shape analysis is presented, after which these techniques are applied to several of the case studies to resolve the root-cause of the vibration problem. The finite element method is a numerical technique that is suited to perform analysis of complex structural-mechanical systems. A finite element model is typically much more detailed than an experimental model. A brief introduction to the FEA method is presented, after which this technique is applied to several of the case studies to resolve the root-cause of the vibration problem.

After an introduction to vibration video amplification and experimental stress analysis, these techniques, in addition to several of the others are applied to case studies to resolve the root-cause of the vibration problem.


9am to 9:45am: Registration

9:45am to 10am: Welcome & Vibration Institute Update

10am to 12pm: Guest Speaker

12pm to 1 pm: Lunch (provided)

1pm to 4 pm: Introduction to Vibration Diagnostics Using Case Studies with Robert J. Sayer, PE (President, The Vibration Institute)

About Bob Sayer

Bob Sayer, P.E. is the President of the Vibration Institute and owner of Applied Structural Dynamics (Westerville, Ohio). He has over forty years of experience as a mechanical and structural engineering consultant to a wide range of industries including pulp & paper, mining & metals, fossil-fuel & nuclear power generation, petrochemical, food processing, glass manufacturing, and aerospace & defense.

Mr. Sayer provides analytical and experimental dynamic analysis of mechanical equipment for design projects, structural and mechanical failure studies, and process reliability and efficiency studies. Mr. Sayer holds engineering degrees from Ohio University (BSCE), Cleveland State University (MSIE), and Purdue University (MSCE). He had the honor and fortune of collaborating with the late Art Crawford, a pioneer of vibration analysis, on numerous projects. Mr. Sayer is a regular contributor at technical conferences and has published over 50 technical articles and co-authored 2 chapters in “The Simplified Handbook of Vibration Analysis”.