Succesful teaching of experimental vibration research

Bert Wolbert, Peter van der Hoogt, Zacharias A.J. Lok, Andries de Boer

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For more than 20 years, master students have been offered a practical training on experimental vibration research by the Structural Dynamics & Acoustics Section of the University of Twente. The basic theoretical knowledge, necessary to attend this practical training, is provided for the Master part of their study and it consists of a series of lectures on advanced dynamics, measurement techniques and the concept of modal analysis. The practical training consists of performing vibration experiments on a well defined simple structure. Use is made of a digital signal processing (DSP) Siglab system, together with ME'scope as analysis tool. In order to guarantee maximal transfer of knowledge toward the participants, small groups consisting of two students are formed. These groups are supervised by an experienced tutor, who intensively monitors the progress of the practical training. It lasts one day and the students have to write down their findings in a report. In order to attend the practical training in an efficient way, students have to study the theoretical basics of experimental vibration research in advance. In order to achieve an optimal preparation to the practical, a ‘virtual’ vibration measurement based on Labview is developed for the next academic year. Students will thus be able to run this experiment remotely from behind their PC by activating a real-life test case placed in the laboratory. In this paper the content and execution of the practical training is described. The experience of the authors is that the vast amount of interesting educational ingredients contributes to a profound understanding of both theoretical and experimental vibration research for Mechanical Engineering students.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Event14th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2007 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 9 Jul 200712 Jul 2007
Conference number: 14


Conference14th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2007
Abbreviated titleICSV


  • IR-58897

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