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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Why does Auto-Zero have no effect for IEPE sensors?

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The Prosig P8000 Auto-Zero function is used to remove the DC content of a signal.

For example, if you have a sine wave that is ±5 volts about 0 volts it has no DC offset. But if you have a sine wave with ±5 volt amplitude about 3 volts, then it has a 3 volt DC offset. Below is an example of these two sinewaves.

Two sine waves with and without DC offset

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2nd Annual Prosig / Portsmouth University Prize Awarded

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The 2nd Annual Prosig Prize for Engineering at Portsmouth University has been awarded to Ashley Stehr for his project “Developing an engineering mechanism to reduce the effects of rapid rotational motion caused by the shocks inherent with high speed craft”. Ashley is in his third year studying for an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. His project was supervised by Dr Ya Huang. Ashley’s project poster is shown below (click for a larger view).

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Should I use 50 Ohm or 75 Ohm cables with a Prosig P8000 system?

BNC CableUsing 50? or 75? cable will not have any negative effects on the P8000 at all. (Generally speaking, only large voltages will damage the P8000). The impedance of the cable can only ever effect the signal the cable is carrying. (more…)

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What is the difference between Operating Deflection Shapes (ODS) and Operational Modal Analysis (OMA)?

ODS = Motion of structure vibrating naturally (for example bridge vibration) or when excited by an unknown force (for example generator vibration). Prosig’s Structural Animation software performs ODS analysis.

OMA = Modal Analysis
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Using global variables, variable arithmetic & script fragments

One of Prosig’s engineers was recently creating a complex worksheet application that required some complicated arithmetic to be performed on values calculated in the worksheet. Worksheet (or global) variables are ideal for this. The Variable Mods DPU also has an expression evaluator built in. Consider the following worksheet that takes a Named Element from two signals and sums them. (more…)

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Automatic Tacho Processing Using A Prosig P8000

The digital tacho channel in a P8000 system offers better time resolution by dividing the main sample period by 16. However it is sometimes difficult to know what level the threshold should be set to so a facility to help you find the optimum level has now been added to the acquisition software. (more…)

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