Fenn College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Department

Cleveland State University


MCE-371 – Vibrations


Spring 2010, CB 280, Tue/Thurs 4:00-5:50pm


Objective:       This course introduces the basic concepts of one and two degree of freedom vibratory systems. Forced and free vibration, transient and steady state response will be evaluated and applications of vibration analysis will be discussed. Practical examples will be explored throughout the semester, in order that the students can connect the classroom theory to the instructorÕs extensive practical experience in this field. At the conclusion of the course, students should expect to have a basic working knowledge of Engineering Vibration and how to apply that knowledge to practical problems they may experience in the workplace. Some computer programming is required.

Textbook:      Engineering Vibration, Daniel J. Inman, Third Edition, Pearson Education Inc., 2008.

Reference:      Mechanical Vibrations, Rao, S., Vibration for Engineers, Dimarogonas, A., Rotating Machinery Vibration, Adams, Maurice L.

Software:       MATLAB

Instructor:     Dr. Michael L. Adams, mla2@mvibe.com

Material to be covered:

Chapter and sections   Description

1.1-1.10                       Free vibration

2.2-2.9                         Response to harmonic excitation

Midterm I                  Date TBD

3.1-3.5, 3.9                  General forced response

4.1-4.8                         Multi-degree-of-freedom systems

Midterm II                 Date TBD

5.3-5.4, 5.7                  Vibration absorbers, Critical speeds in rotors

7.1-7.6                         Vibration testing and experimental modal analysis

Final                           Scheduled Final, Tuesday May 11, 4-6pm


Grading:        Midterm I      100 Points       Midterm II     100 Points       Final   100 Points

                        Pop Quizzes   100 Points       Homework     100 Points


  1. Homework will be assigned every Tuesday and collected the following Tuesday.
  2. Quizzes will be held every Thursday. They will be based largely on the homework that was due that week or from the lecture material from the previous week.
  3. Attendance is mandatory. Tardiness and leaving class early without prior arrangement are not acceptable. Homework is collected at the 4pm sharp and will not be accepted after the lecture begins. Quizzes may be given at any time during Thursday's lecture.
  4. Bring your book and notes to every quiz and exam.
  5. Absolutely no electronics other than your calculator may be used during class unless you have spoken to me ahead of time about it.
  6. Grades on any given assignment, quiz or exam are based on the University standard plus/minus system.