Pulsations & Vibrations: Analysis and Testing

3-Day Short Course
April 16–18, 2019
Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra RoadSan Antonio, TX
B77 • First Floor Training Room

Day 1:  7:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Days 2–3:  8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

SwRI's introductory course covers applied pulsation and vibration problem solving, field examples, troubleshooting, and failure mitigation. The course is intended for engineers, operators, and technicians working with gas compression or liquid pumping piping systems. Instruction will be provided by experienced SwRI staff. The class includes practical hands-on exercises, case studies, and machinery demonstrations, along with a roundtable discussion with pulsation/vibration experts.


The short course cost is $985 USD per registrant. Registration includes three days of course instruction, training materials on flash drive, class exercises, and three lunches.

Course Topics

  • Pulsation Fundamentals & Mode Shapes Working Example
  • Pulsation Control
    • Control Concepts for Compressor and Pump Piping Systems
    • Key Acoustic Responses
    • 3D Acoustic Modal Analysis – Screw & High Speed Reciprocating Compressors
    • Meter Station Design Concerns
    • Case Studies – Compressors & Pumps
  • Instrumentation & Data Acquisition Systems
    • Data measurement & processing
    • Key instrument technologies
    • Acquisition systems in general
  • Mechanical and Thermal Design/Analysis – Part I
    • Basic Vibration Theory
    • Pipe Restraints
    • Compressor Manifold Simulation (FEA)
    • Resonance Avoidance/Management
    • Typical Vibration Issue and Support Guidelines
  • Mechanical and Thermal Design/Analysis – Part II
    • Forced Response
    • Case Study (Manifold Analysis)
    • Internal Baffles and Choke Tubes
    • Fundamentals of Thermal Analysis
  • Forced Response – Operating Speed Sweeps
    • Pulsation & vibration field testing considerations
    • Torsional field testing
    • Field balancing
  • Balancing with demonstration
  • Torsional Analysis: Reciprocating Compressor Trains
  • Torsional/Vibration Testing Demo
  • Resonance & ODS Testing with Impact Testing Demo
    • Testing theory and concepts
    • Proper test setup
    • Differences between resonance and ODS testing with example
    • Hands-on demonstration of impact testing
  • Acoustic and Flowed-Induced Vibration + Noise Testing
    • Flow-Induced Pulsations in Piping
    • Flow-Induced Vortex Shedding Case Studies
    • Acoustic-Induced Vibration
    • Turbulence-Induced Pipe Vibration


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The course cost is US $985 per registrant.
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No course refunds will be made after April 9, 2019. Substitute registrants for the courses will be accepted, preferably with advance notice. If SwRI cancels the short course due to circumstances beyond SwRI's control, SwRI shall refund the registrant the previously paid registration fee.