Advanced Vibration Control - CAT IV

This course is targeted at solving complex vibration problems involving transient and forced vibrations, resonance, isolation and damping in both structural dynamic and rotor dynamic systems. This course is partial preparation for the ISO 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category IV Certification Exam.

Sep 16-20, 2019

Oak Brook, IL

Advanced Vibration Control


This course is targeted at solving complex vibration problems involving transient and forced vibrations; resonance, isolation and damping. It is partial preparation for the ISO 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category IV Certification Exam. Workshops and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the training course to exemplify curricular theory and applications.


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”.

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Course Materials

Course Notes (textbook)
Workshops containing examples, workshop problems, and equations
Course supplies (calculator, pen, notepads, and any other needed supplies)
Certificate of completion (3.2 CEUs)

Course Agenda

Monday 1:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Cat IV exam – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fee

$2,395 USD Nonmember ($2300 VI Members)

$100 expidited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting.

Dates & Locations

Interactive Business Center, Oak Brook, IL 
September 16-20, 2019

Course Content

Transient Free Vibrations
Damped and undamped free vibrations of single and multiple degree-of-freedom systems, impact testing, log decrement calculation, equivalent spring calculation, and natural frequency calculation.

Workshop I: Free Vibrations

Forced Vibrations
Forced harmonic response, damping analysis, and base motion response. Forced response to periodic non-harmonic and impulse forces. Sensitivity of modes to placement of dynamic forces. Case histories involving force modification as a form of vibration control.

Workshop II: Forced Vibrations

Vibration Control Methods I
Tuning natural frequencies to avoid resonance by changing stiffness and/or mass. Linear & non-linear stiffness, and temperature & strain rate effects on stiffness. Reducing forced vibration by adding damping. Modal participation considerations when changing stiffness or mass. Case histories using detuning methods.

Vibration Control II
Theory and application of tuned Dynamic Vibration Absorbers (DVA) and Auxiliary Mass Dampers, including case histories.

Workshop III: Vibration Control

Vibration Control Methods III
Theory of Dynamic Force Isolation, Advantages and Disadvantages of different isolator types. Decoupling of isolated system from support system. Case histories involving proper and improper use of isolation.

Workshop IV: Isolation

Basic Rotor Dynamics
Basic Rotor Dynamics Concepts, single & multiple degree-of-freedom models, modal mass, mode shapes, limitations of different modeling techniques, support & rotor stiffness asymmetry, flexible impellers, gyroscopic effects, centrifugal stress stiffening, Lomakin effect in pump rotors, tuning techniques for rotors. Vibration control techniques to reduce vibration of rotors.

Basic Structural Dynamics
Dynamic response of structural components of machines, flexible floor framing system and rigid foundations for rotating and reciprocating equipment. Vibration control techniques to reduce vibration of structures and foundations.

Workshop V: Vibration Control of Rotors, Structures and Foundations

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