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Vibration Analysis Of Automotive Structures Using Holographic Interferometry
Author(s): G. M. Brown; R. R. Wales
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Paper Abstract

Since 1979, Ford Motor Company has been developing holographic interferometry to supplement more conventional test methods to measure vehicle component vibrations. An Apollo PHK-1 Double Pulse Holographic Laser System was employed to visualize a variety of complex vibration modes, primarily on current production and prototype powertrain components. Design improvements to reduce powertrain response to problem excitations have been deter-mined through pulsed laser holography, and have, in several cases, been put into production in Ford vehicles. Whole-field definition of vibration related deflections provide continuity of information missed by accelerometer/modal analysis techniaues. Certain opera-tional problems, common among pulsed ruby holographic lasers, have reauired ongoing hardware and electronics improvements to minimize system downtime. Real-time, time-averaged and stroboscopic C. W. laser holographic techniques are being developed at Ford to complement the double pulse capabilities and provide rapid identification of modal frequencies and nodal lines for analysis of powertrain structures. Methods for mounting and exciting powertrains to minimize rigid body motions are discussed. Work at Ford will continue toward development of C. W. holographic techniques to provide refined test methodology dedicated to noise and vibration diagnostics with particular emphasis on semi-automated methods for quantifying displacement and relative phase using high resolution digitized video and computers. Continued use of refined pulsed and CW laser holographic interferometry for the analysis of complex structure vibrations seems assured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1983
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0398, Industrial Applications of Laser Technology, (26 October 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935359
Show Author Affiliations
G. M. Brown, Ford Motor Company (United States)
R. R. Wales, Ford Motor Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0398:
Industrial Applications of Laser Technology
William F. Fagan, Editor(s)

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