Vibration Causes and Characteristics

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the common characteristics of a machine vibrating due to misalignment
  • Identify the signs of an unbalanced machine
  • Recognize the characteristics of vibration caused by:
    • Mechanical looseness
    • A faulty bearing
    • A faulty gear or belt
    • An electrical fault
  • Recognize the vibration characteristics exhibited by a machine experiencing oil whirl

Course overview

All operating machines exhibit some vibration. No matter how well designed, manufactured, installed, and operated, they all experience excitation forces, which cause some vibration and noise. While this vibration is expected, excessive amounts can damage a machine, create noise, and even be dangerous. Many things can cause vibration. Understanding these causes helps troubleshoot machine vibration problems.

The Vibration Causes and Characteristics training course describes the characteristics of vibration-causing mechanical faults. This online course explains:

  • Unbalance
  • Misalignment
  • Mechanical looseness
  • Bearings
  • Belts
  • Gears
  • Electrical faults

Vibration Causes and Characteristics is part of the Vibration training course.

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