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Introduction to Vibrations

Presenter: Brian M. Davis, MSME, PE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Indianapolis, IN

Capital Conference Center
201 North Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-537-7222

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 1215 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 4:30 pm

Why Vibrations?

   Real world examples
      • Tacoma-Narrows Bridge
      • Others
   Applicability to daily engineering problems
      • Mechanical
      • Civil
      • Electrical

Forms of Vibration

   Linear vs. nonlinear

Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

   Methods for finding roots of simultaneous eqs.
   Methods for determining eigenvectors (modeshapes)

Constitutive Equation of Motion

   Simple mass/spring
   Understanding consolidation and settlement
   Effects of load types and soil types
   Calculating loads and determining bearing capacity

Analysis Methods

   Analysis Methods
      • Normal modes
      • Forced response
      • FEA
      • Handbook solutions

Test Methods

   Normal modes
      • Ping hammer
   Forced response
      • Shake table
      • Piezoelectric crystal
      • Other methods
   Significance of the fast Fourier transform
   Significance of boundary conditions

Designing for Vibration

   The Goodman diagram
   Resonance avoidance
      • Campbell diagram
      • Rotordynamics critical speeds


   • What is it and what is it not?
   • Friction
   • Viscous fluid

Failure Analysis/Forensic Investigation

   Vibration as a contributor to fatigue failures
   Failure analysis in the lab
      • Bench marks
   Striation Counting
   LCF vs HCF

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 hours of continuing education/PDHs to professional engineers in all states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider in Indiana.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED SponsorNo. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Brian M. Davis, MSME, PE

Mr. Davis has over 27 years of cross-functional experience in aircraft propulsion systems/engines, failure analysis, manufacturing processes, fatigue and fracture mechanics, composite materials, and stress analysis. He has 23 years of experience in OEM gas turbine design and propulsion systems, as well as four years of experience in OEM medical device design with a specialization in ultrasonics. Mr. Davis holds a number of different patents and has experience with FAA certification and FDA 510(k) approval. He qualified as a US Naval Engineering duty officer (reserve) with rank of lieutenant. Mr. Davis received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and Florida.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.