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Mechanical Vibration

William J. Palm III

ISBN: 978-0-471-34555-8 March 2006 714 Pages


Intended as an introduction to mechanical vibration, William Palm’s text is designed for courses typically offered in the junior or senior year in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or engineering mechanics curricula. Common applications of the subject include vehicle suspension systems and vibration isolators and absorbers designed to minimize the effects of vibration on people and machines.  Prerequisite subject   is dynamics, and Mechanical Vibration provides many examples of deriving vibration models from dynamics principles.  

The first seven chapters form the core text material.  One or more of the remaining four chapters may be covered, depending on the time available and on the emphasis desired by the instructor.  Because MATLAB is now the standard applications language used in engineering curricula, this language is emphasized in the text, via separate sections at the end of chapter.   In addition, Simulink, which provides a graphical user interface that is often much easier to use than traditional command-line programs, is covered in the text.  This is the only vibration text to cover Simulink, and most chapters have a separate section devoted to the Simulink features relevant to the chapter.

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Mechanical Vibration.

Chapter 2. Models with One Degree of Freedom.

Chapter 3. Free Response with a Single Degree of Freedom.

Chapter 4. Harmonic Response with a Single Degree of Freedom.

Chapter 5. General Forced Response.

Chapter 6. Two-Degree of Freedom Systems.

Chapter 7. Vibration Suppression and Control.

Chapter 8. Matrix Methods for Multi-Degree of Freedom Systems.

Chapter 9. Vibration Measurement and Testing.

Chapter 10. Distributed Systems.

Chapter 11. Dynamic Finite Element Analysis.

Appendix A: Introduction to MATLAB.

Appendix B: Numerical Solution Methods.

Appendix C: Mechanical Properties of Common Metals.

  • Strong pedagogical approach   including chapter objectives and summaries

  • Extensive worked examples illustrating applications

  • Numerous realistic homework problems

  • Up-to-date MATLAB coverage

  • Only vibration text to cover Simulink

  • Self-contained introduction to MATLAB in Appendix A

  • Special section dealing with active vibration control in sports equipment

  • Special sections devoted to obtaining parameter values from experimental data

  • Typeset solutions manual for all homework problems           

  • Electronic figures available for lectures