Seismic Vibration Testing

Simulate the conditions of an earthquake to determine a structure’s response to a transient event and prevent damage and injury in the event of an actual earthquake. Shock response spectrum, transient waveform control, and other vibration control software to fulfill seismic vibration testing standards.

VibrationVIEW Software Package

Sine

Random

Shock

Earthquake

Shock Response Spectrum (SRS)

Transient Capture

Transient Waveforms Control

3-Axis Control

Chatter Monitor

Fulfill Seismic Test Specifications

Generate test profiles or enter specifications with ease. The VibrationVIEW interface is intuitive and user-friendly, and the software is industry-leading. Access standard vibration testing modes built for ease of use and advanced features you won’t find anywhere else.

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Using Recorded Data to Improve SRS Development

Test engineers select from several synthetic waveform methods to create an SRS pulse, with the best choice depending on the application. However, often there is no synthetic waveform that closely matches a real-world transient event. Therefore, engineers need a better and more realistic way to create an SRS test.

A modified user waveform based on an enveloped set of recordings maintains real-world characteristics and creates an SRS waveform that accurately reflects the recorded events.

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SRS Software

Evaluate a device’s response to a transient event likely to occur in the end environment. In VibrationVIEW, define the SRS parameters and synthesize a pulse to meet a specified SRS curve.

SRS Software

EASY TEST ENTRY
Enter up to 200 frequency/amplitude breakpoints of the background random acceleration spectrum in an easy-to-read tabular form.

TEST GENERATION TECHNIQUES
Supports many generation test techniques including linear and exponential chirp, WavSyn, burst random, linear and exponential chirp on burst random, enveloped random, and burst sine. Alternatively, iterate from a user waveform.

MANUAL WAVELET MANIPULATION
Manually adjust the parameters of the underlying wavelets or allow VibrationVIEW to automatically create and run a test without intervention.

DATA PLOTS
SRS pseudo velocity and SRS acceleration plots; acceleration for primary (+), primary (-), or maxi-maxi.

High Channel Count Systems

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VR10500 Vibration Controller

Advanced Hardware System

The VR10500 is a high-powered option for advanced vibration testing. VR engineered the VR10500 to coordinate with high-channel-count and multi-shaker systems.

  • 16 channel count system (minimum 8 channels)
  • Up to 512 input channels
  • Multiple shaker systems
  • Up to 6 outputs (4 analog and 2 digital)
  • Controller and analyzer combination
  • Advanced controller configurations

Shaker Compatibility

VR’s controllers and control software are compatible with all shakers.

Does your lab require larger shakers? VR can help!

Our qualified sales team can work with you to select the right equipment at the right price. We’ll put together a custom package of hardware, software, and shakers for all your foreseeable testing needs.

Shakers

Large electrodynamic and servo hydrolic shakers

Chatter Monitor

The chatter monitoring package is capable of detecting and measuring chatter events. It is a beneficial feature if you are involved in seismic vibration testing of a product with relays or motor contactors, concerned about possible discontinuities in your relays, or need to evaluate the acceptance criteria for your relays (IEEE 501; ANSI C37.98).

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Additional Software

Create arbitrary periodic waveforms with the Transient Waveforms Control software module. User-defined transients offer better control of short-duration time history files, transient events, or short road load data.

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User-Defined Transient/SRS Control Modification

Use a synthetic pulse or user-defined time history waveform as the starting point, and VibrationVIEW will modify the wavelets to adjust the time history waveform and meet the SRS demand.

  • Minor adjustments made to the original time history
  • Meet or exceed RRS
  • Control on SRS vs. UDT
  • Adjusts wavelets to meet the required response spectrum

Test Standards

Bellcore (Telcordia) GR-63-Core Application

The Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) created the Bellcore GR-63-CORE standard (formerly Telcordia) that defines the spatial and environmental criteria for equipment in these regions. The VibrationVIEW software can run earthquake tests that meet the Bellcore standard and any other earthquake time history waveform.

IEEE-344 Earthquake Control

IEEE STD-344 defines the procedures that demonstrate that Class 1E equipment can perform during a seismic event. The equipment’s functionality must ensure that the reactor is in a safe condition after shutdown and prevent or minimize the possibility of public radiation exposure.

The VibrationVIEW software can perform several IEEE 344 procedures, including:

  • Input filtering for measurement of zero period acceleration (Annex A)
  • Multiple damping plots (Annex A)
  • Time interval waterfall PSDs (Annex B)
  • Sine beat/dwell/sweep fragility testing (Annex C)
  • Peak stress cycle counting (Annex D)
  • Coherence plots (Annex E)
  • Correlation plots (Annex E)

Copy > Paste in Excel & Word

Copy and paste vibration test profiles and graphs between VibrationVIEW and Microsoft Word/Excel. This feature is especially useful when sharing profiles with colleagues, entering data from a customer, or entering lengthy or complicated test profiles.

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Multi-Axis Testing

The VR9500/VR10500 can be used to control multi-shaker systems such as electrodynamic, servo-electric, and servo-hydraulic systems. Available multi-shaker control options including dual-axis with phase control, 3-axis (x-y-z) control, multi-loop (4-post) control, and earthquake controls.

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Mix & Match Controllers with Shakers

Product stack with ObserVR1000, VR9500 and VR10500

Control modules can be used independently on separate shakers or linked into a single stack for jobs requiring a higher channel count (up to 512 channels total).

This cost-effective solution creates substantial savings for our customers.

One 12-channel Control System or 3 separate 4-channel Control Systems

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Verizon Seismic Testing with VibrationVIEW

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Vibration Control Applications Summary

  • Nuclear Power
  • Nuclear Quality Assurance
  • Seismic Qualification
  • Classical Shock Testing
  • Uniform Building Code
  • Pyrotechnic SRS Testing
  • Structure Evaluation
  • Component Durability & Fatigue
  • Stress Screening
  • And more!

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