RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanical Signature Analysis Papers

A Mathematical Basis for the Random Decrement Vibration Signature Analysis Technique

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J. K. Vandiver, M. F. Cook

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

A. B. Dunwoody

Dome Petroleum Co., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

R. B. Campbell

Exxon Production Research, Houston, Texas

J. Mech. Des 104(2), 307-313 (Apr 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3256341 History: Received June 03, 1981; Online November 17, 2009


The mathematical basis for the Random Decrement Technique of vibration signature analysis is established. The general relationship between the autocorrelation function of a random process and the Randomdec signature is derived. For the particular case of a linear time invariant system excited by a zero-mean, stationary, Gaussian random process, a Randomdec signature of the output is shown to be proportional to the auto-correlation of the output. Example Randomdec signatures are computed from acceleration response time histories from an offshore platform.

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