Specification Development – Third Edition

Mechanical Vibration and Shock Analysis Series – Volume 5

Specification Development – Third Edition

Christian Lalanne

ISBN : 9781848216488

Publication Date : March 2014

Hardcover 560 pp

195.00 USD



Everything engineers need to know about mechanical vibration and shock...in one authoritative reference work!
This fully updated and revised 3rd edition addresses the entire field of mechanical vibration and shock as one of the most important types of load and stress applied to structures, machines and components in the real world. Examples include everything from the regular and predictable loads applied to turbines, motors or helicopters by the spinning of their constituent parts to the ability of buildings to withstand damage from wind loads or explosions, and the need for cars to maintain structural integrity in the event of a crash. There are detailed examinations of underlying theory, models developed for specific applications, performance of materials under test conditions and in real-world settings, and case studies and discussions of how the relationships between these affect design for actual products.
Invaluable to engineers specializing in mechanical, aeronautical, civil, electrical and transportation engineering, this reference work, in five volumes is a crucial resource for the solution of shock and vibration problems.
This volume focuses on specification development in accordance with the principle of tailoring. Extreme response and the fatigue damage spectra are defined for each type of stress (sinusoidal vibration, swept sine, shock, random vibration, etc.). The process for establishing a specification from the life cycle profile of equipment which will be subject to these types of stresses is then detailed. The analysis takes into account the uncertainty factor, designed to cover uncertainties related to the real-world environment and mechanical strength, and the test factor, which takes account of the number of tests performed to demonstrate the resistance of the equipment.


1. Extreme Response Spectrum of a Sinusoidal Vibration.
2. Extreme Response Spectrum of a Random Vibration.
3. Fatigue Damage Spectrum of a Sinusoidal Vibration.
4. Fatigue Damage Spectrum of a Random Vibration.
5. Fatigue Damage Spectrum of a Shock.
6. Influence of Calculation: Conditions of E.R.S.s and F.D.S.s
7. Tests and Standards.
8. Uncertainty Factor.
9. Aging Factor.
10. Test Factor.
11. Specification Development.
12. Influence of Calculation: Conditions of the Specification.
13. Other Uses of Extreme Response, Up-crossing Risk and Fatigue Damage Spectra.

About the authors

Christian Lalanne is a Consultant Engineer who previously worked as an expert at the French Atomic Energy Authority and who has specialized in the study of vibration and shock for more than 40 years. He has been associated with the new methods of drafting testing specifications and associated informatic tools.