OIL AND GAS
  • 11/09/2018
    CM 2018 in Delft, Netherlands: Rail joint dynamic forces computations, including rail plasticity
  • 31/08/2018
    September 2018 International Railway Conference : ‘Rad-Schiene’ in Dresden
  • 23/08/2018
    Dealing with gear noise of real industrial systems: an overview of the difficulties and the achievements
  • 21/08/2018
    There’s still time to use your 2018 training budgets
  • 14/08/2018
    ShareLab – invite yourself to VibraTec !
  • 07/08/2018
    Improve your skills in our October training sessions
  • 31/07/2018
    VibraTec – European partner for tomorrow’s cities
  • 17/07/2018
    Acoustic design of Trains and Tracks
  • 11/07/2018
    Get your school year off to a good start – with some professional training !
  • 28/06/2018
    ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping (PVP2018) Conference – VibraTec to publish our technical developments
  • 15/06/2018
    Bayesian focalisation applied to wind tunnels – AIAA/CEAS conference Atlanta
  • 13/06/2018
    ISNVH Congress in Graz Austria: June 20th – 22nd, 2018
  • 29/05/2018
    Customized asset management and monitoring solutions: learn about at Achema, from 11th to 15th of June 2018
  • 21/05/2018
    2018 Vibratec China Activities
  • 17/05/2018
    Piping Vibration Training Kuala Lumpur on 16th Jul 2018
  • 09/05/2018
    VibraTec at the ENOVA Toulouse event on the 30th and 31st of May 2018
  • 02/05/2018
    Vibratec awarded by the CLEANSKY 2 to develop an instrumented engine cradle for the turboprop demonstrator ground test with SAFRAN Helicopters Engines
  • 27/04/2018
    LUG2 project at NOVEM 2018
  • 10/04/2018
    Managing MEMs microphone calibration – MicrodB will share its findings at the 14th French Acoustic Congress in Le Havre from April 23rd to 27th.
  • 01/03/2018
    The JASA (Journal of the Acoustical Society of America) chooses MicrodB as the latest Technical Area Pick in Signal Processing
  • 22/02/2018
    Non-intrusive pipe pressure measurements – a dream come true !
  • 15/11/2017
    Fatigue Design 2017: Innovative numerical fatigue methodology for piping systems: qualifying Acoustic Induced Vibration (AIV)
  • 05/10/2017
    AIV – FIV: VibraTec’s your one-stop piping expert !
  • 18/09/2017
    Why wait to schedule your 2018 training programs ?
  • 08/08/2017
    VibraTec’s R&D is in the pipeline !
  • 18/07/2017
    VibraTec’s training programs referenced by DataDock
  • 20/06/2017
    Using Particle Image Velocimetry to address piping FIV issues
News
11/09/2018

CM 2018 in Delft, Netherlands: Rail joint dynamic forces computations, including rail plasticity

Vibratec will present a publication which is divided in two subjects:

  • Benchmark of 3D FE model compared to simplified model, to compute wheel-rail contact forces at rail joints: the objective is to validate the simplified approach in order to perform fast parametric variations
  • Computations of contact force including rail plasticity using 3D FEM: the objective is to assess the influence of plasticity on the contact force amplitude.

The subject started with SNCF, for which 3D FE models were developed to compute dynamic force for fatigue assessment.

VIBRATEC then decided to enhance the model by including rail plasticity (Chaboche model) and compared it to other numerical model, in collaboration with IFSTTAR, who developed the VOCO software which is used for parametric variations

31/08/2018

September 2018 International Railway Conference : ‘Rad-Schiene’ in Dresden

The French collaborative railway research project CERVIFER aims at accelerating Virtual Certification of Railway Systems. In this framework, computer models are used to compute the train-track interaction during the passage of switches.

From a geometrical description of a VOSSLOH switch and dynamic contact forces from measurements performed on an RATP commuter train, VIBRATEC built a multi-body model with the software VOCO, developed by IFSTTAR.

At the 16th International Railway Conference “Rad-Schiene” in Dresden, VIBRATEC specialist Martin Rissmann will present the difficulties and challenges of such models and the need of high quality measurement data.

23/08/2018

Dealing with gear noise of real industrial systems: an overview of the difficulties and the achievements

Alexandre CARBONELLI will present the philosophy of the research led by VibraTec in the gear dynamics field at the International Gear Conference in Lyon-Villeurbanne from August 27th to 29th.

 The presentation gives general feedback on the latest studies and on the position of a research engineer working in the gear dynamics field.

 Between academic science and the pragmatic constraints of the engineer’s job, it is important to have a strong expertise in order to work with the correct assumptions and the appropriate tools.

The close collaboration with the Laboratory of Tribology and System Dynamics (LTDS) of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon makes it possible to invest research efforts to answer real industrial concerns.

 

dynamic gear studies
21/08/2018

There’s still time to use your 2018 training budgets

We’ll be holding open course sessions throughout the month of November.

  • The 7th and 8th will give the opportunity to learn about “Vibration-Induced Pipework Failure”: the issues surrounding piping vibration phenomena, current screening & assessment methods, and ‘Likelihood of Failure’ (LOF) calculations, good practice regarding both pipework design and on-site troubleshooting.
  • Our “Experimental Modal Analysis” course will be held on the 14th & 15th. It will present this structural characterization technique, how & when to use it – including hands-on applications.
  • The 20th through 22nd will be dedicated to “Rotating Equipment Vibration Diagnosis”: the perfect occasion to learn more about rotating machines in their various forms and industrial applications. Theoretical and practical aspects will be addressed, enabling participants to identify rotating equipment vibration defaults, understand diagnosis tools and propose mitigation.
  • Rotor Dynamics” on the 23rd, as a complement to the Rotating Equipment course or on a stand-alone basis: in order to hold intelligent, pertinent discussions with suppliers – and know the ‘right’ questions to ask.
  • Last but not least, the 27th, 28th and 29th will provide training on the “Resistance / stress Reliability Approach”: present an overview of the issues pertaining to reliability and product life cycles in product development, give understanding of the resistance / stress reliability approach and notions of how to apply it to product design – using case studies from our 30 years of experience.

VibraTec is a training center recognized by the French administration and French professional training funding centers.

Technical training
14/08/2018

ShareLab – invite yourself to VibraTec !

Do you wonder about the vibration or acoustic behavior of your products and think that measurements would clarify things ?

VibraTec welcomes you to our lab and gives you free access to our sensors, data acquisition systems and facilities.

One day a month, you can set up shop at one of our test benches (with or without gantry crane) or in our semi-anechoic chamber and use our large stock of equipment (microphones, accelerometers, acoustic arrays, multi-channel analyzers, recorders, etc.) An in-house expert will be on hand to get you started.

Take advantage of this opportunity: schedule the date, then just come and install your equipment, do your testing and leave with results that you can analyze back in the office.

Sign up now: our dates this fall:

  • September 28th
  • October 26th
  • November 30th

sharing measurement equipment
07/08/2018

Improve your skills in our October training sessions

The perfect occasion to upskill colleagues before the end-of-year stress:

  • Acoustics will be in the spotlight from the 2nd through the 4th, for the “Acoustics of Muffler Design” program, presenting muffler design principles, experimental methods, analysis software and pressure-drop & thermal distribution calculations.
  • October 10th & 11th will clarify “Signal Processing”, providing an overview of various signal processing methods applied to acoustics and vibration, characteristics and criteria to choose among the different types of treatment.
  • The 16th through the 18th will give you 3 days to get the global picture concerning railway noise – vibration – reliability applied to three aspects of railway activity:
    • Understanding railway noise, vibration & reliability,
    • Establishing design and testing methods and procedures,
    • Managing issues relating to both main lines (high-speed / freight trains) and urban conditions (subway / tramway).

VibraTec is a training center recognized by the French administration and French professional training funding centers. There are still openings for our sessions in October – why not try one out ?

continued education
31/07/2018

VibraTec – European partner for tomorrow’s cities

Horizon 2020, the European Research & Innovation Framework Program, plays an important role in local scientific and socio-economic development. Regional information sessions are organized in order to:

  • Motivate the various research and innovation actors with feedback from local experience from current Horizon 2020 participants.
  • Enable discussion and networking among these actors to facilitate the development of European projects.

VibraTec has participated in collaborative projects for more than 2 decades and is well-known in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps R&D community. At a recent information session, our Scientific Director, Christian CLERC, presented one of our current European projects: MAVICO – COnnected MAintenance using VIbration measurements.

MAVICO uses dynamic response to monitor asset condition. Its original application is for tramways.

Using “expert” algorithms, the connected autonomous sensor can optimize maintenance and prevent incidents. Tomorrow, associated digital tweens will play an important role in managing both rolling stock and infrastructure lifetime.

More information on our railway activity herecontact us for other applications

17/07/2018

Acoustic design of Trains and Tracks

Proper acoustic design of rolling stock and track requires you to assign qualitative and quantitative targets to each piece of equipment, validate your choices, and identify problematic noise sources.

The railway experts of Vibratec can help you all along this process: from the characterization of acoustic sources and airborne and structure-borne transfer paths to the simulation and measurement of interior and exterior noise as well as ground borne vibration, troubleshooting, and optimization of equipment.

Using cutting edge simulation technology and measurement methods, Vibratec has accumulated an extensive experience working to the benefit of the world leading manufacturers and most significant projects.

Don’t hesitate to vist us at Innotrans, Hall 3-2, stand 301 C6 to see how we can help you.

11/07/2018

Get your school year off to a good start – with some professional training !

The aim of our training courses is to disseminate our knowledge and understanding of industrial vibration, acoustics, signal processing and related fields to our course delegates.

  • The 11th of September will be the occasion to learn about standards and requirements regarding “Personnel Vibration Exposure” to negotiate with suppliers more effectively, improve worker / colleague protection and fully comply with applicable legislation.
  • The 12th & 13th, our “Experimental Vibration Analysis” course will present the main causes of vibration problems in industry, an overview of various measurement techniques and notions of how to mitigate problems.

2 programs dedicated to the Oil & Gas industry will finish the month:

  • The 12th and 13th will be dedicated to “Noise Control in the Oil & Gas Industry”, presenting basic acoustics, methodology to handle project specifications and identify noise sources and an overview of different computation and measurement methods, as well as the strategic importance of managing installation noise control.
  • The 14th and 15th will address “Vibration Control in the Oil & Gas Industry”: vibration phenomena, the technical support that computation and measurements can provide, efficient technical approaches to prevent and/or solve vibration problems.

continued education
28/06/2018

ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping (PVP2018) Conference – VibraTec to publish our technical developments

VibraTec will publish 3 papers at the PVP Conference in Prague next month. The articles will present an innovative method to model fluid-structure interaction in industrial piping, and also non-intrusive diagnosis.

Heavy fluid flow within industrial piping interacts with structure walls, applying an asymmetric, unsteady load. Vibrations provoked by this flow are an important phenomenon that is hard to model accurately. VibraTec is proud to present our innovative findings; a new simplified approach to modelling turbulent sources. Our progress in non-intrusive characterization of fluid loads will also be published.

Rémi SALANON and André BARAMILI will be on hand on the 17th and 18th of July to discuss your piping issues and answer questions.

More information available on the conference website.

piping excitation model
15/06/2018

Bayesian focalisation applied to wind tunnels – AIAA/CEAS conference Atlanta

Between 25th and 29th June 2018 will be held the 24th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference in Atlanta.

It is certainly one of the most famous scientific conferences in the field of flow induced acoustics. MicrodB is proudly contributing to a research paper, together with Ecole Centrale de Lyon, University of Sherbrooke and Safran Aircraft Engines. The work, entitled ‘Broadband Airfoil-Noise Source Localization by Microphone Arrays and Modeling of a Swept Free-Tip Blade’ will be presented by Gyuzel Yakhina.

It is the occasion to apply advanced microphone array techniques in complex wind tunnel configurations.

13/06/2018

ISNVH Congress in Graz Austria: June 20th – 22nd, 2018

VibraTec will attend the 10th ISNVH Congress in Graz Austria, June 20-22. Jean-Luc Wojtowicki will be on stage to present two papers on our core expertise:

  • The characterization and simulation using super element of structure borne noise sources and transfer paths in partnership with Renault and Valeo
  • The optimization of the noise of e-machines and their supply (PWM)

Henri Saucy will be in the room to encourage him and to gather your comments and questions.

Eager to see you there.

29/05/2018

Customized asset management and monitoring solutions: learn about at Achema, from 11th to 15th of June 2018

Surveillance or maintenance: ignorance is bliss?

Do not stay in the dark! Have better nights: discover our Smart Solutions to plan your maintenance and ensure the quality of your activity.

To find out more, come see us at the ACHEMA trade show in Frankfurt, 11th to 15th of June 2018, hall 11.0 booth A58. We will answer your questions, especially in the production, process and energy industries.

If you want free invitation, contact us.

21/05/2018

2018 Vibratec China Activities

Started off with the NVH symposium held in Suzhou on 10 &11th May. Vibratec Head of Automotive Department Pascal Bouvet was invited by the SAE-China NVH Committee to deliver a speech at the NVH symposium. The events allow us to meet and discuss in group around the topics about vehicle NVH control technology. Hereby, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the SEA-China NVH Committee for the invitation to speak for such a large scale event.

Alongside with our Chinese partner Yiduo Technologies, we organised and delivered a training on E-noise and Gearbox noise in Shanghai from 14-16th May. It was very encouraging to see more than 50 attendees from major automotive players in China. Thank you Yiduo Technologies for your support in hosting the training and made it a huge success.

Stay tuned for upcoming events !

17/05/2018

Piping Vibration Training Kuala Lumpur on 16th Jul 2018

VIBRATEC PIPING VIBRATION TRAINING IS BACK POPULAR DEMAND ! 

This 1-day intensive course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of piping vibration.  We will present the theoretic foundations that provoke these phenomena and the analysis & control methods that address them. Case studies and on-site examples from Vibratec’s experience will illustrate the presentations.

Who should attend:

  • Specialist engineers (HSE, mechanical, structural, piping)
  • Operation support (maintenance, technology, operation)
  • Contractors 
  • Project team
  • Asset management consultancy

Related industries for the course:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemical
  • Chemical
  • Energy (gas, coal, nuclear power plants)

Event details:

  • Venue: Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
  • Date: 16th Jul 2018 (Monday)
  • Time: 9am to 5pm (registration starts at 8:30)
  • Networking lunch provided
  • Fee: RM 500 nett (HRDF claimable)
    Early bird discount: RM 50 (register and pay before 15th Jun 2018)
    Group discount: RM 50 (3 or more delegates)

This course is eligible for HRDF claims under the SBL Scheme, subject to prior application to HRDF grant by the HRDF registered employers! If you need further information and details to process the claim, please feel free to contact Mrs Teoh Chew Chin, E-mail: chew-chin.teoh@vibratec.my, Tel: +603 2303 1786

 

Optische Kontrolle Rohrleitung
09/05/2018

VibraTec at the ENOVA Toulouse event on the 30th and 31st of May 2018

Come and meet us on booth B10 and discuss your needs for optimizing the design of your equipment in noise, vibration, and reliability. We will also present innovative instrumentation solutions, embedded or not, for the diagnosis and control of the life cycle of your products. Among the presented solutions: the SoundCam solution developed by our subsidiary MicrodB to perform a rapid acoustic diagnosis of a complex mechanical system; and an original solution for diagnosing the components of a transmission chain.

02/05/2018

Vibratec awarded by the CLEANSKY 2 to develop an instrumented engine cradle for the turboprop demonstrator ground test with SAFRAN Helicopters Engines

In the framework of the development of a new turboprop engine demonstrator (ENGine ITD JTP CLEANSKY 2) for the 1800-2000 thermal hp class, a full Integrated Power plant System (IPPS) will be ground tested. Derived from the ARDIDEN 3 Turboshaft engine, the engine will be equipped with new propeller and power gear box including air intake and nacelle.

VibraTec will be in charge to design, to manufacture and to qualify an instrumented engine cradle with two major objectives: the monitoring of the engine loads in operational conditions and the reduction of the vibration path to optimize the crew and passenger comfort.

27/04/2018

LUG2 project at NOVEM 2018

MicrodB, INSA Lyon and CNRS will present a paper entitled « SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF ACOUSTIC INVERSE PROBLEMS » at NOVEM 2018 Ibiza from 7th to the 9th May

The characterisation of an acoustic source is achieved by retro-propagating the acoustic field measured with a microphone array to a mesh of the surface of interest. This latter step is performed by solving an inverse problem. Such inverse problems are built on the basis of a forward model prone to uncertainties arising from the physics of the experiment.

Assessing the effects of these uncertainties on the resolution of the inverse problem represents a challenge. This paper introduces a practical solution to measure these effects by conducting a sensitivity analysis. The sensitivity analysis method applied here provides a mean to identify and rank the main sources of uncertainty through the estimation of sensitivity indices. Two inverse methods are investigated for the reconstruction of a monopole source: Beamforming and Bayesian focusing. The propagation of uncertainties is carried on numerically. The consistency between the real experiment and its numerical approximation is assessed by means of a small batch of measurements performed in a semi-anechoic chamber.

LUG2
10/04/2018

Managing MEMs microphone calibration – MicrodB will share its findings at the 14th French Acoustic Congress in Le Havre from April 23rd to 27th.

VibraTec will be represented by MicrodB at the French Acoustic Congress in Le Havre to present its work on local MEMs microphone calibration and the integration of an associated filter to correct its response.

The democratization of information technologies and communication (ICTS) offers new possibilities for acoustic metrology, and more specifically methods implicating a large number of microphones. Digital MEMs sensors and embedded ARM FPGA processors provide a new solution for these situations, increasing performance while reducing implementation costs.

However, the integration of these technologies, which are not intended for metrology, requires rigorous calibration to identify and correct the intrinsic frequency response of the MEMs welded on an electronic board (PCB).

Array calibration
01/03/2018

The JASA (Journal of the Acoustical Society of America) chooses MicrodB as the latest Technical Area Pick in Signal Processing

The article, entitled “Instantaneous Bayesian regularization applied to real-time near-field acoustic holography”, was published on August 16th 2017. It has been chosen among all articles related to signal processing published throughout 2017.

MicrodB’s technological developments make it possible to reconstruct non-stationary acoustic sources (closing doors, rotating sources, transitory phenomena) using acoustic imagery.

The main scientific development is to have solved the inverse problem by using a Bayesian approach that significantly increases the method’s stability. The method is also enhanced to allow the reconstruction of long signals.

We are proud to see that Thibaut LE MAGUERESSE’s PhD thesis, fully integrated in the VibraTec group’s R&D program, has achieved such professional recognition.

sound-pressure-fields
22/02/2018

Non-intrusive pipe pressure measurements – a dream come true !

VibraTec is proud to present results of our work in developing a non-intrusive method to measure pressure in pipes using PVDF (PolyVinlyDiene Fluoride) sensors.

Having developed a dedicated calibrator to determine the fluid / structure coupling coefficient, VibraTec is able to assess PVDF sensor sensitivity according to specific installation characteristics at each client site.

This method avoids problems linked to pressure taps that are not positioned conveniently for these measurements. It is accurate regarding phenomenon amplitude & frequency location.

The paper will be presented at OTC Asia 2018 in Kuala Lumpur from 20th to 23rd of March.

PVDF sensor
15/11/2017

Fatigue Design 2017: Innovative numerical fatigue methodology for piping systems: qualifying Acoustic Induced Vibration (AIV)

Fatigue Design 2017 Conference in Senlis (France) from the 29th to the 30th of November will be the occasion for VibraTec to present its work on AIV fatigue methodology.

Acoustic Induced Vibration (AIV) refers to the high acoustic energy generated by pressure-reducing devices that excite pipe shell vibration modes, producing excessive dynamic stress. Analysis of this risk is an important part of Asset Integrity Management systems as AIV can cause catastrophic piping failure. Existing guidelines address this risk through an analytical assessment. However, these methodologies are limited.

The proposed approach for identifying AIV damage is based on a dynamic stress evaluation at pipe discontinuities (welded connections and supports). This evaluation is performed through a fluid-structure coupling Finite Element Analysis. Pressure fluctuations inside the pipe are predicted and coupled with a pipe structural analysis. This methodology is provided with its validation through measurement on an actual AIV field case, corresponding to a crack initiation due to AIV.

AIV_Fatigue Design
05/10/2017

AIV – FIV: VibraTec’s your one-stop piping expert !

Piping vibration can lead to severe damage to main lines & auxiliary systems (small bore, thermowells etc.): vibration can induce cracks & leaks, leading to heavy maintenance and even installation shutdown. Proper understanding of the phenomena at stake is essential to prevent and mitigate these risks. VibraTec is a world-class expert that can help you keep your major piping vibration issues under control.

This year’s SPE/IATMI Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition in Jakarta (and not Bali as initally planned) from the 17th to the 19th of October will be the occasion for VibraTec Asia Pacific’s Hafiz KARIM to present two papers based on case studies respectively in AIV diagnosis & mitigation (a cracked FPSO flare network tail pipe), as well as in discontinuity-related FIV issues in pipe system design.

The perfect time to come learn more !

18/09/2017

Why wait to schedule your 2018 training programs ?

Referenced as an official training center and registered on the DataDock platform to enable public funding for our course attendees (from French companies), VibraTec offers courses centered around industrial vibration, acoustics, signal processing and related fields targeting engineers and technicians.

The 2018 catalogue gives the schedule for our Open programs given in France.

We also organize all of our courses on demand on-site for clients worldwide who wish to train groups of employees together, focusing on their specific field / job.

Feel free to contact our training department for more information.

08/08/2017

VibraTec’s R&D is in the pipeline !

Singularities in industrial pipelines (such as section or direction changes) are often responsible for vibrations caused by continuous internal flow. To understand and model the complex fluid source, VibraTec has been conducting innovative research combining experimental methods, instationary fluid mechanic computations and statistic tools applied to reduced-scale models.

We are proud to be sharing an overview of current results at the « Congrès Français de Mécanique » in Lille from August 28th through September 1st. 2 presentations – a great occasion to meet you and discuss these issues.

18/07/2017

VibraTec’s training programs referenced by DataDock

VibraTec has been referenced as an official French training center for many years: we are now also registered on the DataDock platform, which centralizes information concerning French training centers to facilitate funding by “OPCA” (accredited fund-collecting / funding agencies), associations in charge of funding professional training throughout workers’ careers.

Yet another sign of VibraTec’s commitment to quality in all aspects of our activity.

20/06/2017

Using Particle Image Velocimetry to address piping FIV issues

VibraTec is reaching a new level of innovation in the study of Flow-Induced Vibrations in piping systems: we are the first to perform coupled vibration and fluid dynamics measurements in confined flow configurations, using advanced Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) techniques. We are proud that our work on tackling the challenges of this coupled measurement campaign will be presented at the 12th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry in Busan, South Korea from June 18th through 22nd.

ShareLab - invite yourself to VibraTec !

VibraTec welcomes you to our lab and gives you free access to our sensors, data acquisition systems and facilities.