How to avoid a ground loop – It’s not only a problem with accelerometers

When using modern, high technology measurement devices one can often be tripped up by the simplest things. The most common is the ground loop. Time and again this issue rears…

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Example of performing a Moving Average

This tutorial guides a DATS user through the steps required to perform a moving average on a given signal. The tutorial explains the concept of the ‘Integration Length’ and the ‘Output Interval Step’.

Initially a signal is required to perform the moving average on. In this tutorial a sine wave will be generated. A sine wave is generated using the parameters shown in Figure 1.

Parameters for creating a sine wave
Figure 1 : Parameters for creating a sine wave

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Seismic Qualification Testing (Part 1)

Seismic Qualification Testing for US Nuclear Power Generating Stations Part 1 (Random Vibration Testing) The nuclear power industry in North America (USA, Canada & Mexico) requires seismic qualification testing for…

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Exhaust Vibration Measurement – A Case Study

Exhaust Vibration Measurement - Customer Requirement One of Prosig's customers needed to perform exhaust vibration measurement on some of their vehicles. They contracted Prosig to take the measurements and provide reports of the…

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Viewing Operational Deflection Shapes (ODS) from a Gas Turbine Generator

As its name suggests Operational Deflection Shape analysis shows the vibration pattern experienced during normal operational condition. This is different to other structural vibration tests such as impact hammer tests, bump tests or shaker tests which require a more controlled excitation force and are used to determine specific characteristics of the structure under test, such as natural or resonant frequencies.

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Is Orchestral Noise Damaging Hearing?

Having played the trumpet for over 10 years I have left many an orchestral rehearsal with my ears ringing courtesy of the onslaught of noise from the trombone section behind me. In searching for a topic for my final year research project as part of my studies at Southampton University, the risk of hearing loss to orchestral musicians seemed a natural choice.

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Processing pump data – a classic case of amplitude modulation

When dealing with some vibration data from a pump, we observed some strange phenomena in the data. It turned out to be a classic case of amplitude modulation. Here we explain what that means.

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Is it possible to connect the BNC outer to ground when using a P8000?

A question was recently posed regarding the grounding conditions of a BNC type input. The shield or outer of a BNC cable or connector is not connected to the chassis or ground. What would happen if it was connected to ground?

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Creating Order Plots Using The DATS Rotating Machinery Software

In this tutorial we will be creating order plots using waterfall and intensity displays using use the DATS.toolbox and Rotating Machinery Analysis option.

To begin, a noise, vibration or other signal of interest should be captured along with a tachometer signal.

In Figure 1 we have loaded a time series (in this case an acceleration signal) and a time series of a tachometer pulse train into the DATS software.

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