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Vibration Analysis ISO Cat. I – Bilbao, Spain

June 19 - June 23

This course is focused on training participants in the detection and diagnosis of the most common problems that are generated in a wide variety of rotary machines using the cull capabilities of the vibration analyzers. The course provides an in-depth study of the typical failures of machinery and its associated spectra, time waves and phase characteristics. Other topics associated with signal processing, data collection and corrective actions are also covered.

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Course Goals

At the end of the course, participants will have a broad understanding of the fundamentals of vibration, understand the meaning of all measurement and configuration operations of their data collector, understand the difference between the different types of sensors, how and where to install them or fix them and can analyze vibration spectra, time waves and phase data.

Personnel certified as Category II shall at least perform the following tasks:

  • Define the measurement activities to performed by a category I individual for routine data collection.
  • Be able  of using the basic principles of signal analysis and, as such, can define acquisition and analysis settings to collect data appropriate to the machine(s) monitored.
  • Perform basic (single – channel) impact tests to determine natural frequencies.
  • Interpret and evaluate  test results from routine analysis and acceptance tests in accordance with specifications and standards.
  • Diagnose common fault indications and recommended basic corrective actions including carrying out single-plane balancing of rigid rotors with or without phase.
  • Provide technical guidance to and instruct category I personnel.

Course Content

0. RCM-R® & Maintenance Tactics

  • RCM-R®.
  • Condition Monitoring.
  • Time Base Maintenance.
  • Detective Maintenance.
  • Run-to-Failure

1. Principle of Vibrations

  • Simple Harmonic Motion.
  • Period and Frequency.
  • Amplitude.
  • Parameters (Displacement, Velocity & Acceleration).
  • Vibration Displacement Units and Unit Conversions.
  • Time & Frequency Domain.
  • Phase Measurement.
  • Be Aware of Shaft Centerline Plot (Orbit) Analysis

2. Data Acquisition

  • Instrument & Transducers (Including Proximity Sensors)
  • Sensors Mounting Techniques.
  • Test Procedures.
  • Instruments Data Upload & Download.
  • Establishing Measurement Points.
  • Fmax, Acquisition Time.
  • Triggering.
  • Test  Planning.
  • Data Formats.

3. Signal Processing

  • FFT Application.
  • Forcing Frequencies.
  • Order Normalization.
  • Overall Value.
  • Analog Recording.
  • Digital sampling.
  • Time windows (Hanning, Uniform, Flat, Top).
  • Filters (High Pass, Low Pass, Band Pass, Tracking).
  • Antialiasing.
  • Bandwidth & Resolution.
  • Noise Reduction.
  • Averaging (Linear, Synchronous Time, Exponential).
  • Dynamic Range.

4. Condition Monitoring

  • Equipment Evaluation and Prioritization.
  • Monitoring Program Design.
  • Baseline Assessment, Trending.
  • Route Design.
  • Fault Condition Recognition.

5. Fault Analysis

  • Spectrum Analysis, Harmonics and Sidebands.
  • Timewave Form Analysis.
  • Phase Analysis.
  • Shaft Center Line Analysis.
  • Enveloping.
  • Mass Unbalance.
  • Misalignment.
  • Mechanical Looseness.
  • Bearing Defects.
  • Gearbox Analysis.
  • Resonance & Critical Speeds.
  • General Fault Recognition

6. Corrective Action

  • Basic Maintenance Actions.
  • * Lubrication.
  • *Alignment.
  • Shaft Alignment.
  • Field Balancing.

7. Equipment Knowledge 

  • Electrical Motor.
  • Steam & Gas Turbines.
  • Generators.
  • Drives.
  • Pumps.
  • Fans.
  • Compressors.
  • Reciprocating Machines.
  • Process Machines.
  • Machine Tools.
  • Pipes & Structures.
  • Gearboxes.
  • Rolling Elements.
  • Journal Bearings.
  • Gearing.
  • Coupling & Belts

8. Acceptance Testing

  • Basic Test Procedures.
  • Safety Requirements.
  • Specifications & Standards

9. Equipment Testing & Diagnosis 

  • Impact Testing.
  • Forced Response Testing.

10. Reference Standards 

  • ISO Standards.
  • IEC Standards.

11. Reporting & Documentation

  • Condition Monitoring Reports.
  • Vibration Diagnosis Reports.

12. Fault Severity Determination

  • Spectrum Analysis.
  • Timewave Analysis.
  • Orbit Analysis.
  • Alarm Levels (Overall, Narrowband, Components).
  • Severity Charts

13. Case Studies

14. Certification Exam

  • 3 Hours.
  • 100 Questions.
  • Closed Book.
  • On-Line.

Who Should Attend This Class?

Maintenance & Operations engineers, predictive maintenance technicians, maintenance planners, rotating equipment operators.

Class Time

There are 40 hours including 3 hours for the written exam.


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June 19
June 23
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