Design for vibration and control of vibration are crucial in maintaining a high performance level and production efficiency, and prolonging the useful life of machinery, structures, and industrial processes. Before designing or controlling an engineering system for good vibratory performance, it is important to understand, represent (i.e., model), and analyse the vibratory characteristics of the system. Suppression or elimination of undesirable vibrations and generation of required forms and levels of desired vibrations are general goals of vibration engineering. In recent years, researchers and practitioners have devoted considerable effort to studying and controlling vibration in a range of applications in various branches of engineering. This knowledge will be useful in the practice of vibration, regardless of the application area or the branch of engineering.
This lecture note provides the background and techniques that will allow successful analysis, design, modification, testing, and control of vibration in engineering systems. A special focus is also paid on human response to vibration, by presenting useful and practical information. It is dedicated to students in Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Mons.