Electrodynamic Vibration System

An Electrodynamic Vibration System and an audio system are somewhat similar in the basic principle.In an Electrodynamic Vibration System the Electrodynamic Shaker work like the speakers of an audio system. The Vibration Controller generates the signal that is feed to a Power Amplifier much like an MP3Player of an audio system. The Power Amplifier increases the gain to match with the speaker in an audiosystem and Electrodynamic Shaker in an Electrodynamic Vibration System. The main purpose of speaker in an audio system is to drives the diaphragm to create sound whereas the main purpose of Electrodynamic Shaker in an Electrodynamic Vibration System is to create the vibration itself.

The one big difference between the two is that in an Electrodynamic Vibration System, a sensor is placed on the armature of the Electrodynamic Shaker to sense the acceleration and provide a negative feedback to the Vibration Controller so that it may control the vibrations to meet the required test parameters.

The basic formula behind any Electrodynamic Vibration System is Force = Mass × Acceleration.

  • The unit of Force is ‘Newton’ (N) as per SI and ‘kgf’ as per Gravitational Units
  • The unit of Acceleration is ‘m/s2’as per SI and ‘g’ as per Gravitational Units
  • The unit of Mass is ‘kg’ as per SI and Gravitational Units

An acceleration of 9.8 m/s² is 1 g. To make the math easy this value of 9.8 m/s² is sometimes referred as 10 m/s². If we have a mass of 10 kg and acceleration is 10 m/s² or 1 g, then we get a force of 100 N if we consider acceleration in m/s² and 10 kgf if we consider acceleration in g. Hence, we say that 10 N = 1 kgf.

In the real world, vibration is a noise with infinite degree of freedom, but in a laboratory, this noise has to be made meaningful. We therefore break down vibration to Acceleration (m/s²), Velocity (m/s) and Displacement (mpp) at a single or multiple Frequency (Hz). From these values we recreate the vibration in a controlled manner while monitoring the response of the Unit under Test (UUT).

  • For given Frequency and Acceleration, Velocity(v) is derived by  v
  • For given Frequency and Acceleration, Displacement(d) is derived by d
  • For given Frequency and Velocity, Acceleration(g) is derived by  g
  • For given Frequency and Velocity, Displacement(d) is derived by  d2
  • For given Frequency and Displacement, Acceleration(g) is derived by  g2
  • For given Frequency and Displacement, Velocity(v) is derived by  v2

Major Sub Systems of an Electrodynamic Vibration System are:

Electrodynamic Shaker

An Electrodynamic Shaker converts electrical energy from the Power Amplifier to mechanical vibrations using the principles of electromagnetism as described by Fleming’s Left Hand Rule.

Power Amplifier

A Power Amplifier multiplies the output of the Vibration Controller by a fixed gain with great efficiency and feeds it to the Electrodynamic Shaker.

Vibration Controller

A Vibration Controller allows a user to create a test profile on a PC and generates a signal in real time to match the test profile. A sensor on the Electrodynamic Shaker provides negative feedback to keep the system in closed loop control.

Horizontal Slip Table

A Horizontal Slip Table is a frictionless platform used for vibration testing in X and Y axis.

Head Expander

A Head Expander is bolted to the Armature head for increasing the platform size in Z axis only.

Vertical Load Support

A Vertical Load Support is bolted to the Armature head and supported by the shaker body for increasing the platform size in Z axis only.

Fixture

A Fixture is used to firmly hold the Unit Under Test (UUT) and provide proper mounting to the Armature or Attachment being used.

Vibration Testing Equipment