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 The Practical Vibration Primer (Hardcover)

The Practical Vibration Primer (Hardcover)


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ISBN: 9780982051757



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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.


"I was first introduced to this book by John Mitchell who was delivering an outstanding keynote address about the history of condition monitoring at our Predictive Maintenance Conference in Las Vegas. John lamented the fact some of the greatest works about vibration monitoring had been dropped by the publishers and had literally gone out of print. That set me off on a journey of close to a year tracking down publishing rights, contacting authors, updating and sometimes creating new digital artwork from scratch. Charles Jacksons book is the first in what we call the Foundation Series of books we are bringing back to print. I could have taken enough satisfaction having brought this wonderful work back to life for a new generation of maintenance professionals but when I spoke to Jean Jackson, Charles Wife, about this project, the pride in her husband and his work came beaming through and that was simply the best."

Terrence O'Hanlon from Fort Myers, FL


  • 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


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