Kinsler, Lawrence E. Formerly, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
Last reviewed:August 2020
- Mechanical vibration
- One degree of freedom
- Nonlinear systems
- Two degrees of freedom
- Several degrees of freedom
- Vibrations of elastic bodies
- Vibrations of strings
- Vibrations of membranes
- Vibrations of plates and diaphragms
- Vibrations of rods
- Vibration measuring equipment
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The term used to describe a continuing periodic change in the magnitude of a displacement with respect to a specified central reference. The periodic motion may range from the simple to-and-fro oscillations of a pendulum, through the more complicated vibrations of a steel plate when struck with a hammer, to the extremely complicated vibrations of large structures such as an automobile on a rough road. Vibrations are also experienced by atoms, molecules, and nuclei.
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