RANDOM VIBRATION – AN OVERVIEW

By
FRANCIS J. ANDREWS
Principal Engineer
Barry Controls, Watertown, MA




ABSTRACT

Random vibration is becoming increasingly recognized as the most
realistic method of simulating the dynamic environment of military
applications. Whereas the use of random vibration specifications was
previously limited to particular missile applications, its use has been
extended to areas in which sinusoidal vibration has historically
predominated, including propeller driven aircraft and even moderate
shipboard environments. These changes have evolved from the growing
awareness that random motion is the rule, rather than the exception,
and from advances in electronics which improve our ability to measure
and duplicate complex dynamic environments.

The purpose of this article is to present some fundamental
concepts of random vibration which should be understood when
designing a structure or an isolation system.