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Recommended Vibration Literature

by Marco Peres, Product Manager

I am often asked for a list of resource texts in the field of vibration.  It's made me contemplate what makes a useful technical book.

With all the books available it can be difficult to compile a list.  The book’s basic organizing idea, the writing style and quality, the author’s background, the approach to technical topics were all things to consider when creating this reference list.  With all of that in mind, below are 5 recommendations.    

The following books reflect my personal reference list assembled over the years.  Included in the descriptions are links to more information such as prices, availability and reviews.  There are many other excellent technical books available and I would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section at the bottom of the page.  In that same comment section, I'd also welcome any feedback you have on the list I've compiled.

 1. Harris' Shock and Vibration Handbook

by Allan Piersol

Harris' Shock and Vibration Handbook

Where else would you find the broadest selection of shock and vibration topics covered in a single place by some of the world experts in the field? The chapter on Modal Analysis and Testing by University of Cincinnati professors Randy Allemang and David Brown is one of my favorites. This Harris' handbook has just graduated to its 6th edition and is a must-have for any vibration library.

 2. Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice

by Kenneth McConnell and Paulo Varoto

Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice

A good engineering textbook for engineers working with component vibration testing. It has been recently updated and provides good coverage of vibration exciters, shaker amplifiers, signal-processing equipment, transducer measurement considerations, frequency analysis, etc.

 3. Modal Handbook Interactive CD

by Peter Avitabile

Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice

Technically speaking this is not a book, but rather a multimedia CD including graphs, pictures and text with audio narration. Even today there are still not many good modal test/analysis references: pieces of information are scattered in a variety of different sources which often are difficult to find or access. The Modal Handbook fills this gap providing a great resource and reference for any body going into the field of experimental modal analysis.

 4. A Minimal-Mathematics Introduction to the Fundamentals of Random Vibration and Shock Measurements, Analysis and Calibration

by Wayne Tustin

Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice

A great book for the vibration test engineer with extensive coverage of test equipment and techniques. Wayne — a test industry veteran — shares his decades of experience in vibration shaker testing with lots of real world examples and test advice. The book is richly illustrated with application pictures.

 5. Introduction to Machine Vibration

by Glenn White

Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice

A reference textbook for the vibration professional working in the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance fields. The principles of vibration are presented as applied to machine operation, fault diagnostics, deficiencies and root cause failure analysis. The book is sold through the website, but a FREE web version is available at the AzimaDLI website in English and Spanish.

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