The Practical Vibration Primer (Hardcover)

The Practical Vibration Primer (Hardcover)


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The Practical Vibration Primer, by Charles Jackson, was the first book on machinery vibrations written expressly for the user. It deals with the basics - alignment, balancing, and vibration of machines. Even though the book is over 25 years old, it contains material not presented in other publications and is therefore considered a classic. The Primer is filled with ideas on good machine practice that will help the user not only understand what is important, but what responses occur when trouble occurs.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Basic Motion-Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration
  • Chapter 2: Sensors
  • Chapter 3: Logarithmic Scaling and Filters
  • Chapter 4: Phase and Basic Balancing
  • Chapter 5: Taking Field Data
  • Chapter 6: Critical Speeds and Mode Shapes
  • Chapter 7: Instrumentation for Analysis
  • Chapter 8: Vibration Severity
  • Chapter 9: Alignment by Proximity Probes
  • Chapter 10: How to Prevent Turbomachinery Thrusts Failures
  • Chapter 11: Balance Rotors by Orbit Analysis
  • Chapter 12: Optimize Your Vibration Analysis Procedures
  • Appendix 1: Vibration Unit Conversion Nomograph
  • Appendix 2: Conversion Factors
  • Appendix 3: Conversion Nomograph for Static Deflection vs Resonance
  • Appendix 4: dB Conversion Chart for dB Multiplier
  • Appendix 5: Phase Shift vs Damping Curve
  • Appendix 6: Accelerometer Data Sheet and Response
  • Appendix 7: Typical Velocity Transducer Data Sheet
  • Appendix 8: Typical Performance of a Proximity Transducer System
  • Appendix 9: Single Plane Balance Program
  • Appendix 10: HP 67 Single Plane Balance Program for Probes, Key Phasor, and Run-Out
  • Appendix 11: Two Plane Balancing Program, Proximity Probe, CJ Convention, W/R.O. Correction
  • Appendix 12: HP 67 Two Plane Balance Program for Probes, Key Phasor, and Run-Out
  • Appendix 13: Four Channel Vector Subtraction (with Printing)
  • Appendix 14: Balance Weight Hole Splitting Program
  • Appendix 15: Vibration Conversion Program
  • Index