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S&V News [Sound and Vibration]
[January 17, 2013]

S&V News [Sound and Vibration]

(Sound and Vibration Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Random Vibration Course A short course on "Random Vibration, Theory and Experiment" will be presented at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, March 12-14. The course will focus on: fundamentals of structural dynamics; fundamentals of probability, statistics, and random signal analysis; and fundamentals of the theory of random vibration.

The lectures will be augmented with narrated videos from TCU laboratories covering deterministic structural dynamics and random vibration. Two hours of these instructional vibration experiments will be interspersed throughout the program to complement the lectures. Further, extensive instrumentation equipment owned by TCU, as well as additional test and evaluation hardware, will be on display throughout the program.

Instructors are: Pat Walter, professor of engineering at Texas Christian University and a consultant, and Tom Paez, retired distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories and a consultant. Together, they have more than eight decades of experience in structural dynamics, dynamic measurements, and random vibration. Dr. Walter has taught at TCU for the past 18 years, and Dr. Paez taught graduate and undergraduate-level courses for seven years at the University of New Mexico.

The course objectives are: * To provide a thorough and understandable review and introduction to the elements required to comprehend random vibration: (a) measurement procedures, (b) linear structural dynamics, (c) theories of probability, statistics, and random signal analysis.

* To provide a thorough and understandable introduction to the theory of random vibration.

* To augment instruction with numerous examples and narrated laboratory videos.

* To serve as a networking opportunity for those involved in random vibration analysis and testing, and an opportunity to discuss practical random vibration problems with the instructors and course participants.

Sponsored by TCU Departments of Engineering and Extended Education, and The Shock and Vibration Exchange (SAVE), please visitt for enrollment and registration information, 817. 257.7132.

Acoustics Software Spectronics, Inc., North American distributor of SIDLAB, is pleased to announce the release of SIDLAB Version 3 with an improved interface and optimization capability. The SIDLAB suite is a family of software and hardware solutions for the design and measurement of sound generation and propagation within ducts and gaseous and liquid piping systems. SIDLAB may be used to design silencers and mufflers for intake and exhaust systems, including those with catalytic convertors and diesel particulate filters, power generation facilities, oil and gas pipe networks, and HVAC systems. SIDLAB offers a complete characterization of the system, including both simulation and validation measurements. SIDLAB Acoustics and SIDLAB Flow may be used in concert to maximize acoustic performance while controlling pressure drop in an application.

With the optimization and parameterization tools in SIDLAB Version 3, the user can design a muffler with specified insertion loss and size constraints. Calculation time is typically a few seconds on most PCs. Post-processing within SIDLAB is simple and straightforward, and all results may be saved in popular file formats. SIDLAB compiles a long experience and know-how of accurate modeling for all types of piping and duct acoustic applications in research, teaching and consulting. SDDLAB features and examples may be seen by visiting www. or

VST Corporation Formed Vibration & Shock Technologies, Woburn, MA, has been formed from the assets of M/ Rad Corporation. Darryl Huttunen and Dave Sullo, former operating and production managers at M/Rad, have started a new business and are up and running and continuing to innovate new technologies in the shock and vibration field. The firm specializes in: high-g shock machines, free-fall and closedloop pneumatics, mechanical shakers, transportation simulators, drop testers, fixtures, head expanders, slip plates, unibases and seismic masses. For more information on their product lines and services, please visit:

Mathematics in Industry The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is pleased to announce the release of its latest report on Mathematics in Industry. Mathematical and computational sciences have many applications in industry, some that have dramatic effects on the bottom line of companies, and others that simply allow organizations to function efficiently in the 21st-century data-rich marketplace. A newly developed technology is not confined to the group or company that designs it but contributes to the enrichment of science as a whole.

Mathematical scientists in industry work in interdisciplinary team environments, with mathematical methods and successes often attributed to the larger dominant discipline of the team or research group. The goal of this report, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, is to underscore the essential role of mathematics in these diverse disciplines, and to help raise awareness of the value of mathematics in industry. The report is a combination of focus group meetings with industrial scientists, online surveys of recent doctoral degree recipients, and on-site interviews with more than 50 senior scientists and managers from dozens of corporations. It includes insights from a total of 145 mathematical and computational scientists, encompassing a broad range of professions and disciplines.

The centerpiece of the report is a set of case studies developed through interviews with scientists from 14 major industrial sectors, and describing various applications including business analytics and optimization, manufacturing design and virtual prototyping, quantitative drug design, financial risk analysis, production planning and supply chain management, and information retrieval and data mining. Students wanting to learn about the various applications of mathematics, educators attempting to prepare them for non-academic jobs in the field, and industry professionals seeking to explain the significance of mathematical methods will find value in this report. In addition to exploring the skills and traits that are needed to succeed in the fast-paced, multidisciplinary, production-oriented environment in industry, it emphasizes the need to better connect academic, government, and industrial scientists, and match education to the real- world demands of the workplace. A PDF file of the report is available at:

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of more than 14,000 individual members, including applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. Members from 85 countries are researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in industry, government, laboratories, and academia. The society, which also includes nearly 500 academic and corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including regional sections and student chapters. For further information, please visit

Qualmark Partnerships Qualmark Corporation, a provider of HALT/HASS (highly accelerated life test/ highly accelerated stress screen) products and services, has announced agreements with Taylor- Wharton and Midwest Cryogenics that will provide HALT/HASS customers with convenient, one-stop shopping when adding accelerated stress testing to their reliability program.

A key advantage of HALT and HASS is the ability to perform rapid thermal ramps which cannot be achieved by the refrigeration system used in typical environmental stress screening equipment. Liquid nitrogen (LN2) is used in HALT/HASS systems to provide advanced thermal capabilities. Reliable and efficient liquid nitrogen (LN2) delivery supports optimum system performance and test results. Qualmark has signed agreements with leading cryogenic storage provider, Taylor-Wharton, and vacuum jacketed (VJ) pipe manufacturer, Midwest Cryogenics, to provide customers with one point of contact for all of their HALT/HASS needs, including LN2 infrastructure.

Taylor- Wharton is one of the largest providers of cryogenic tanks in the world with manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe and Asia that can support the ongoing global expansion of HALT/HASS. "We are pleased to be cooperating with Qualmark and Midwest Cryogenics to provide world class products and services to the growing number of companies utilizing LN2 for accelerated testing applications" stated Len York, president of Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics.

Midwest Cryogenics designs, manufactures and installs stainless steel superinsulated VJ piping for the efficient and cost-effective transport of LN2 to HALT/ HASS systems. "It's exciting to be a part of this partnership and expand our involvement in the HALT/HASS industry with high quality partners," said Paul Trcka, president of Midwest Cryogenics.

The new relationships pair Qualmark's top selling Typhoon series of HALT/HASS systems and breakthrough QFusion HASS system with select world class LN2 storage and delivery system providers. "Our relationships with Midwest Cryogenics and Taylor Wharton allow us to deliver best-inbreed HALT/HASS systems, VJ piping, and cryogenic tanks to our customers around the world. Our customers can elect to purchase all items on a turnkey basis from Qualmark with a single purchase order, or individually, as may be best for their organization," said Andy Drenick, CEO of Qualmark.

Qualmark Corporation, (www.qualmark. com) Qualmark Corporation, headquartered in Denver, CO, is the world's largest provider of HALT and HASS systems and services that advance product reliability and reduce total product costs for leading manufacturers and their global supply chains. Qualmark has installed more than 1 ,000 of its proprietary testing systems in over 30 countries, and has an authorized lab partnership network that includes more than 30 independently owned and operated testing labs that utilize Qualmark products.

Condition Monitoring Azima DLI, a provider of predictive maintenance (PdM) analytical services and products, has announced new highly efficient, cost-effective machine condition monitoring programs: Reliability as a Service(TM) (RaaS). RaaS(TM) is delivered through a combination of Azima DLI's TRIO family of data collectors and cloud-based access to its ExpertALERT(TM) vibration analysis software. The TRIO(TM) CA6 with RaaS is the industry's first cloud-based data collector and machine condition analyzer.

The second of a new generation of vibration data collectors and machine condition analyzers from Azima DLI, the CA6 with RaaS provides a complete, fully managed software and service solution. The CA6 is the first to market with a cloud computing solution providing access to the latest PdM analysis technologies and collaboration tools, while assuring lower total cost of ownership. Its durable design, unmatched software and wireless capabilities provide greater efficiency of collection and safety.

The TRIO line is a powerful computerized system in a mobile industrial package that sets aside the traditional data collection model to focus on productivity and elevating the overall success of PdM programs. Designed and engineered specifically for a new generation of data collection, the CA6 with RaaS features: Reliability as a Service (RaaS): Includes locally installed ExpertALERT analysis software, cloud-based ExpertALERT analysis software web application, and cloud-provided WATCHMAN Reliability Portal(TM), hosted data storage and replication services, mentored PdM training and available professional analytical expertise. Azima DLI reduces the need for IT support, database management and capital costs associated with dedicated servers and static software fees. RaaS provides broad access to collaborate on critical assets across the enterprise or from Azima DLI's certified analytical experts.

The embedded, Azima DLI ALERT(TM) analysis software and Windows 7 Ultimate operating system combine to provide the most capable data collector in its class. With its modular design allowing ease of replacing the industrial tablet PC user interface, downloadable software upgrades, and little-to-no need for new data acquisition hardware investments, TRIO offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any industrial vibration data collector / field analyzer.

For improved safety and maneuverability, the CA6 supports hands-free, Bluetoothenabled, wireless data acquisition control up to 30 feet away from the sensor. A lightweight, ergonomie, modular design enables greater portability and decreases the physical demands of data collection, thanks to the various body-worn and carrying options offered by Azima DLI.

With a solid-state hard drive, brightsunlight-readable touch screen and Wi-Fi access, the CA6 can automatically connect with desktop or networked PCs and servers. The TRIO family of data collectors is the only one to include a digital camera, allowing the operator to take a video or still photos during routine machine inspections and either include them within the diagnostics report or send to remote analysts.

For more information, please visit www. to view product videos, download the brochure and learn additional details about getting started with modernizing your current PdM program.

Azima DLI is the leader and premier provider of predictive maintenance analytical services and products that align with customers' high standards for reliability, availability and uptime. Azima DLI's WATCHMAN(TM) Reliability Services utilize flexible deployment models, proven diagnostic software and unmatched analytical expertise to deliver sustainable, scalable and cost-effective, condition-based maintenance programs. The company's offerings enable customers to implement comprehensive, predictive maintenance programs mat ensure asset availability and maximize productivity.

Azima DLI is headquartered in Woburn, MA, with offices across the U.S. and international representation in Asia-Pacific, Central America, Europe and South America. For more information, please visit www.

PCB Supports Mythbusters PCB Piezotronics, Inc., a manufacturer of microphones, vibration, force, torque, load, strain, and pressure sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP® technology is pleased to announced an agreement to supply The Discovery Channel's popular science series Mythbusters with test sensors for various episodes. The show hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, internet videos and news stories. PCB Piezotronics has provided sensors to the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters show since 2005.

Episodes featuring PCB® sensors include "Dumpster Diving" where a crash test dummy is instrumented with PCB model 356 A02 triaxial ICP piezoelectric accelerometers to measure impact shock levels induced by a "typical" four-story jump into a dumpster filled with trash, to determine the probability for survival and test the myth commonly seen in getaway scenes of action movies where the action hero hops out after the fall and escapes from the villain. More recently, these PCB accelerometers made an appearance in the "Bubble Pack Plunge" episode, where Savage and Hyneman test the internet video myth that you can jump horn a height of 35 feet wrapped in bubble packaging and survive.

PCB® Series 102 pressure sensors have appeared in the "Toilet Bomb" and "Valkyrie Boom" episodes, both based on scenes from popular movies. The Series 137/138 blast probes assisted in "Depth Charge Disaster" To view these and all the Mythbusters episodes, go to For more information on the sensors mentioned here and other PCB products, please visit

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