Q&A on AVC: Advanced Vibration Control CAT IV with Robert Sayer, P.E.

Learn more about the Vibration Institute’s CAT IV Advanced Vibration Control course from Robert Sayer, P.E., President of the Vibration Institute.

Robert Sayer, P.E. is the President of the Vibration Institute and owner of Applied Structural Dynamics (Westerville, Ohio). He has over forty two 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). 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”.

1. How is your Advanced Vibration Control (AVC) course different from the Advanced Vibration Analysis (AVA) course?

The vibration analysis process contains two major steps; diagnosing a vibration problem, then implementing a corrective action plan to correct the problem. AVA provides instruction on digital signal analysis and testing techniques needed to diagnose vibration problems. AVC provides instruction on methods that can be employed to solve the vibration problem.

2. What things do students tell you about the course that they liked the best, or got the most value from learning more about vibration control?

The most common comment that I receive from students is that they enjoy the numerous case studies that are used to reinforce the principles taught in the class.

3. What aspects of the class do even well-experienced and advanced vibration analysts find valuable?

This class contains many examples of actual vibration problems that complement the theory of vibration control, including some that have had limited exposure in technical documentation.

4. You always like to add new content to your courses every year. What topics or case studies are you adding this year?

This year the AVC class will contain mitigation of vibration in piping and ductwork systems caused by pulsations produced by pumps, fans and compressors. There will also be an expanded section on proper design of foundations for rotating equipment.

5. Why do you enjoy teaching this course?

I enjoy sharing my experiences gained in nearly 45 years of diagnosing and correcting vibration problems.


Accelerate your career – sign up today for the Advanced Vibration Control course on September 16th-20th.

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