Problem: are my dynamic requirements met?

Measure, analyze and characterize the dynamics of a product to get answers to questions like: “Is my product meeting its dynamic requirements? If not, how can it be improved?”

During the development of a product, it is often efficient to determine the dynamic behavior of (parts of) a product already in an early phase experimentally. The results can be used as verification of, or input for models to predict the performance and to find possible improvements.

For newly developed and existing products, the question is if the dynamic requirements are met and a qualification is necessary. Also, it might already be observed that the dynamic requirements are not met, e.g. under varying operation conditions, but it is not clear what causes this malfunctioning and troubleshooting is required.

Solution: experimental vibrational analysis

In these cases, an experimental vibrational analysis will be beneficial. By measuring e.g. accelerations, either induced by external forces (impact hammer, shaker) or under operational conditions, relevant information with respect to the dynamic behavior is gained, and in case improvement is needed, suggestions for solution directions can be provided based on the measurement results.

How we can help you with experimental vibrational analysis

Philips Engineering Solutions has experienced and skilled employees, equipped with the knowledge and tools to help you with an experimental vibration analysis. Our available tools vary from accelerometers to scanning laser vibrometers.

The flexibility you need

Philips Engineering Solutions can:

  • Consult you regarding your measurement setup or help perform the measurements.
  • Perform analysis of the results and translate them to your needs (e.g. frequency response plots, modal analysis) and assess the impact of the analysis results for your product e.g. if requirements are met or not.
  • Supply specialists to be a part of your team and help pinpoint weak spots that might call for improvement
    involving our specialists.
  • Or you can outsource parts of your process like designing and implementing improvements where needed.

We can help you with:

  • Verification of your design
    By performing a Modal analysis, used to determine the Modeshapes an Eigenfrequencies and comparing these with your FEA results.
  • Qualification of your design
    By directly measuring the relevant performance variables (if possible), or by processing indirect measurements.
  • Finding critical components (w.r.t. dynamic behavior) of the design
    By measuring and the correct interpretation of the Modeshapes (Modal Analysis), the critical (e.g. compliant) components can be identified and improved.
  • Troubleshooting
    By malfunctioning of a product, the right experiments (e.g. measuring acceleration levels, Frequency Response Functions or performing a Modal Analysis) will show the cause of the problem.

Why a detailed FEA model is not (always) the best start of your design process. Experience learns, that it is often better to start with simple models (lumped mass) instead of an FEA model. Using models to predict dynamical behavior is very helpful when designing a product, or to improve performance.

It’s tempting to create a complete and detailed (FEA) model of your product for analysis as soon as possible. However, it is often better to start with simple (lumped mass) models capturing the relevant dynamics. This reduces the computational effort, increases flexibility and leads to a better understanding of the characteristics that are truly relevant to the behavior.

Dynamic behavior of a cable flex is complex, however, the main characteristics can be captured by a simplified model. Insight and knowledge are required to determine which parameters to use so the model that can easily be used for different purposes.

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