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Random Vibration Analysis

Use a random vibration study to calculate the response due to non-deterministic loads. Examples of non-deterministic loads include:

  • loads generated on a wheel of a car traveling on a rough road

  • base accelerations generated by earthquakes

  • pressure generated by air turbulence

  • pressure from sea waves or strong wind

In a random vibration study, loads are described statistically by power spectral density (psd) functions. The units of psd are the units of the load squared over frequency as a function of frequency. For example, the units of a psd curve for pressure are (psi)2 / Hz over Hz.

A sample psd curve is shown below. The X axis (frequency Hz) is plotted on a logarithmic scale for a clear illustration of the wide frequency range. The unit for Y-axis is amplitude2/ frequency.

The solution of random vibration problems is formulated in the frequency domain. Click here for details.

After running the study, you can plot root-mean-square (RMS) values, or psd results of stresses, displacements, velocities, etc. at a specific frequency or graph results at specific locations versus frequency values.

Damping Effects

Modal, Rayleigh, and Composite modal damping options are available for this type of analysis.

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When to Use Dynamic Analysis


Damping Effects

Loads and Result Options for Dynamic Analysis

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