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My Review and Summary (Paperback)
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
Engineering Vibration (4th Edition) provides a comprehensive coverage of the theory and practice of the classical dynamics topic of vibration analysis. The book is organized as follows: The first few chapters develop the topic of single degree of freedom vibration in terms first of free response, then response to harmonic excitation, followed by general forced response. Subsequent chapters introduce multiple degree of freedom and distributed parameter systems. In addition to examples drawn from engineering problems, additional chapters are dedicated to design for vibration suppression, testing and experimental modal analysis and the finite element method.
The level of depth and rigor make for an ideal textbook for upper divison or graduate level engineering. This is also supported by copious problem sets accompanying each chapter and thoroughly worked examples. Also, it makes an ideal reference for practicing engineers or for licensing exam preparation. A final salient feature is the inclusion of a computerized toolbox of programs to supplement and demonstrate the use of the concepts developed within the book. Since the toolbox is developed in Matlab and Python and is compatible with the Open Source GNU Octave and Jupyter, the toolbox programs are able to put to use with minimal additional training beyond typical competency with these simulation environments.
Finally, although not reviewed, an Instructor’s Solution Manual for Engineering Vibrations, 4th Edition is available. It would be advisable for refence use to obtain this resource to assist with working through the numerous problem sets.