Vibrational Displacement and Mode†Shape Measurement by a Laser Interferometer

Harry A Deferrari, R. A. Darby, F. A. Andrews

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Four experimental methods are described in a tutorial way for use with a laser interferometer in measuring vibrational displacements and mode shapes of a transducer face. The relative merits and experimental difficulties of the methods are discussed. Quantitative data to show the type of experimental agreement that one might expect between the various methods and two illustrative mode shape measurements are given. In general, by proper choice of one or more of the methods, displacement measurements of magnitude 0.1â€"6000 Ã… at sonic and ultrasonic frequencies can be made at a point 0.1 mm in diameter. Mode shapes are determined simply by moving the laser beam a measured distance between points. Displacement data presented show a random error for all methods of 5% in the range 0.5â€"80 Ã… and less than 5% above 80 Ã….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)982-990
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1967
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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