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Understanding of resonance essential for solving vibration problems

Publication: 
Plant Engineering
Publication date: 
September 2013
Author: 
Gene Vogel, EASA Pump & Vibration Specialist

It's no secret that severe vibration can destroy bearings, ruin shafts and potentially disrupt production. What's less well known is that resonant machine components and supporting structures can magnify even small vibration problems enough to damage connected equipment or cause catastrophic machine failure. To solve a vibration issue quickly and avoid such undesirable outcomes, an important first step is to determine if the source of the increased vibration is resonance in the rotating equipment or in a supporting structure.