This course provides more in-depth discussions of single channel time waveform, FFT, and phase analysis techniques for the evaluation of industrial machinery. It includes acceptance testing, machine severity assessment, use of demodulation and HFD techniques, basic operating deflection shape (ODS), and single plan balancing. This course is partial preparation for the Vibration Analyst Category III Certification Exam. The workshops and demonstrations scheduled throughout the training course are used to illustrate theory and applications.
David Szrom, CAT IV
Course PowerPoint follow-along deck
Two-volume text, Machinery Vibration Analysis: Diagnostics, Condition Evaluation, and Correction
Workbook containing examples, workshop problems and the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A
Training course examination study guide
Certificate of completion (3.2 CEUs)
Monday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Optional Cat III exam - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Course Dates & Times Subject to Change, Please Check the Event Date
$1,975 USD Nonmember ($1,880 VI Members)
$100 expidited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting.
Crowne Plaza Airport Indianapolis
2501 South High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
To reserve, Call (317) 244-6861
and mention Vibration Institute by July 12, 2018.
Machinery Vibration Analysis Correspondence Course:
For those who are unable to attend a course in person, this program is also available through through self-study for either continuing education or for exam course requirement credit. Read more.
Machinery Vibration Review
Natural frequency, mode shape, resonance, critical speed, damping, instability sampling time, resolution, windows, and dynamic range.
Time and Frequency Analysis
Display, use, and analysis of time domain, FFT analysis, modulation, clipping, pulsation, beats, side bands, spectrum shape, synchronous and nonsynchronous signals, and case histories.
Phase and Orbit Analysis
Phase measurement and analysis, orbit evaluation, loop rules, orbit analysis, case histories.
Workshop I: Machinery Vibration Analysis Techniques.
Mode shapes and natural frequencies, interference diagrams, analyzer setup for impact shakes and transient tests, test procedures, Bodé/polar plot evaluation, basic ODS two-channel and modal testing case histories.
Machine Condition Evaluation
Criteria, levels, maintenance actions, standards, evaluation of overall band, spectral, orbital, and time waveform, setting alarms, and examples.
Field Balancing Techniques
Single-plane method, trial weight size and location, pitfalls, balance sensitivity, phase lag, one-shot and four run methods.
Workshop II: Balancing Exercises
Objectives, program development, permanent and periodic monitoring,
and alternative techniques.
Rolling Element Bearing Analysis
Analytic techniques, identification of defects on balls/cages/races, corrosion, fatigue, excessive clearance, lack of lubrication, demodulation methods, condition evaluation.
Operating Speed Diagnostics
Unbalance, sub-synchronous instability, coupling problems, misalignment, oil whirl/whip, mechanical looseness, rubs, rotor bow, resonance, fluid-film bear-ings, and condition evaluation.
Pumps, Fans, Blowers, and Compressors
Pump impeller/casing/piping vibrations, natural frequencies, clearances,
re-circulation, cavitation, performance curves, impellers, casings, shafts, foundations, isolated bases, piping, ducting, structural/acoustic resonance.
Workshop III: Machine Analysis
Motor and Generator Diagnostics
Mechanisms, vibration/current measurements, stator/rotor faults, shorted end rings, broken rotor bars, air-gap variation, and variable-speed motors.
Gears and Gearboxes
Measurement and analysis, common factors, gear mesh, cracked/broken/chipped teeth, gear-box evaluation, and case histories.
Workshop IV: Fault and Condition Exercises
Training Examination on Course Content (2 hours)
Training Examination Review
Optional Certification Exam to be administered on the day AFTER the course.
Vibration Analyst Category I: $300
Vibration Analyst Category II: $350
Vibration Analyst Category III: $400
Vibration Analyst Category IV: $450
Balancing Field Specialist Exam: $300
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