Vibration Analysis

Level 3


For candidates who are committed to reliability through condition monitoring, and who have at least two years vibration analysis experience. It is ideal for those who lead a vibration team or take a pivotal role in diagnosing faults and making final recommendations. This course will give the analyst all of the skills and knowledge necessary to solve all fault conditions, run a successful condition monitoring program and drive a reliability culture.

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Course Outline

11 Core Modules

Principles of vibration 

  • Very quick review of fundamentals 
  • Waveform, spectrum, phase, vectors and orbits 
  • Signals: transients, pulses, modulation, beating, sum/difference 
  • Force, response, damping, and stiffness 
  • Cepstrum analysis 

Data acquisition 

  • Planning routes, test locations and programs 

Signal processing 

  • Sampling, resolution, Fmax, averaging, windowing, dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio 
  • A/D conversion: constant and variable sampling rate 

Vibration analysis 

  • Spectral, time waveform and envelope analysis 

Equipment testing and diagnostics 

  • Impact testing (bump tests) 
  • Phase analysis 
  • Transient analysis 
  • Operating deflection shape analysis 
  • Introduction to modal analysis 
  • Cross channel measurements 

Fault analysis in detail 

  • Natural frequencies and resonances 
  • Imbalance, eccentricity and bent shaft 
  • Misalignment, cocked bearing and soft foot 
  • Mechanical looseness 
  • Rolling element bearing analysis 
  • Analysis of turbo-machinery and sleeve bearings 
  • Analysis of AC, DC and variable frequency drives 
  • Analysis of gears and belt driven machines 
  • Analysis of pumps, compressors and fans 
  • Lots of case studies and exercises for participants 

Corrective action 

  • Balancing and shaft alignment 
  • Resonance control, isolation and damping 

Successful condition monitoring program 

  • Alarms, reports, management, finances 

Acceptance testing and ISO standards

Course Materials

Learning Outcome

Certification (Optional)


Principles of vibration 

Data acquisition 

Signal processing 

Vibration analysis 

Equipment testing and diagnostics 

Fault analysis in detail 

Corrective action 

Successful condition monitoring program

Acceptance testing and ISO standards

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Your Instructors

Clyde Volpe

Clyde Volpe


Vibration Institute of Australia

Pioneer in transforming Condition Monitoring to Reliability Improvement. Driving change with vibration analysis & oil analysis for enhanced industry reliability. Clyde has developed courses for quick learning.

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