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DC White Engineering Consultants.

Solving complex 
engineering problems to commercial timescales.

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Vibration Analysis - DC White Provides A Full Service

  • a clear and deep understanding of mechanical engineering theory,
  • many collective decades of mechanical failure experience,
  • thousands of vibration assessment past projects for reference,
  • an extensive range of analytical software and vibration instrumentation,
  • practical advice, detailed reporting, fixed upfront prices, good value and fast service
Featured vibration case studies:

Aerospace design substantiation




         Design Substantiation

analysis of chemical plant vibrating systems



             Chemical Plant: 

           Vibrating Systems

materials handling analysis of water pumps



          Materials Handling:  

             Water Pumps

Vibration Analysis Background and Services

Any system which receives an oscillatory force will vibrate. That force might be a motor; it might be an earthquake; it might be a violin bow.

When excited, even gently, at certain natural frequencies, a system can vibrate vigorously and can cause mechanical failure. These frequencies can be very sensitive to geometry, are difficult to intuitively predict, and aren't necessarily visible - hence why using FEA is key. Vibration can damage machinery, buildings and people through fatigue: whole body vibration can cause serious internal injuries; hand-held machinery can cause "white-finger"; earthquakes can topple buildings, but some vibration may be wanted and then the machine has to be able to live with it.

A combination of Vibration Analysis and Vibration Monitoring is used to assess how mechanical systems deform, what forces they place on their supports, what stresses they experience and how quickly they wear and fatigue.  

High risk systems benefit from instrumentation and continuous condition monitoring.

FEA vibration analysis

Why is Vibration Condition Monitoring important?

  •  reduced outlay - identify over- and under-design in sizing and 'lifeing'.
  •  prevention - reduces potential failures and down-time of ageing plant - materials creep and fatigue, they corrode.  Short term testing or long term remote monitoring allows complex plant to operate safely: see SafePlantTM. Safe guard against human response, e.g., hand/arm vibrations – "White finger"
  •  reassurance - justify expenditure, improve safety credentials. Validate analysis - mitigate uncertainty,
  •  unlock potential - identify extra capacity, operate with partial failure, plan improvements.
  •  too big to test - vibration can sometimes only be assessed analytically.
  •  diagnose - vibration damage to man and machine can be cumulative with few visual symptoms.  Analysis reduces potential down-time, allows plant to continue running despite partial failures, find efficient fixes, and inform redesign.
  • uncertainty - uncertain geometry or operating conditions - modes and amplitudes can be measured directly or inferred by post-processing.


More about our vibration monitoring service

To chat informally with an engineer about your analysis needs or request a quotation, call us on 01252 811641 or email us

Thanks for attending our offices yesterday, your contribution was priceless.

R. Parker, SPP Pumps
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