SINGLE DEGREE OF FREEDOM SYSTEMS (SDOF)  VIBRATION CALCULATOR
The
Single Degree of Freedom Vibration Calculator has been developed to calculate single degree of freedom massspringdamper natural frequency,
circular frequency, damping factor, Q factor, critical damping, damped natural
frequency and transmissibility for a harmonic input.
The formulas used for the calculations are given in the "List of Equations"
section.
Mechanical vibrations are fluctuations of a mechanical or a structural system about an equilibrium position. Mechanical vibrations are initiated when an inertia element is displaced from its equilibrium position due to energy input to the system through an external source. When work is done on SDOF system and mass is displaced from its equilibrium position, potential energy is developed in the spring.
A restoring force or moment pulls the element back toward equilibrium and this cause conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy. In the absence of nonconservative forces, this conversion of energy is continuous, causing the mass to oscillate about its equilibrium position.
All structures have many degrees of freedom, which means they have more than one independent direction in which to vibrate and many masses that can vibrate. Single degree of freedom systems are the simplest systems to study basics of mechanical vibrations. SDOF systems are often used as a very crude approximation for a generally much more complex system. The other use of SDOF system is to describe complex systems motion with collections of several SDOF systems.
Calculator:
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RESULTS 
Parameter 
Symbol 
Value 
Unit 
Cicular frequency 
w_{n} 


rad/s 
Natural frequency 
f_{n} 


Hz 
Period of oscilattion 
T 


s 
Critical damping 
c_{c} 


 
Damping factor 
c 


 
Damped natural angular frequency 
w_{d} 


rad/s 
Damped natural frequency 
f_{d} 


Hz 
Quality factor 
Q 


 
Transmissiblity 
TR 


 
Transmissiblity vs Frequency Ratio Graph(loglog)
Definitions:
Critical damping:
The minimum amount of viscous damping that results in a displaced system
returning to its original position without oscillation.
Damped natural
frequency: In the presence of damping, the frequency at which the system
vibrates when disturbed. Damped natural frequency is less than undamped natural frequency.
Damping ratio:
The ratio of actual damping to critical damping. It is a dimensionless measure
describing how oscillations in a system decay after a disturbance.
Forced vibrations: Oscillations about a system's equilibrium position in the presence of an external excitation.
Free vibrations: Oscillations about a system's equilibrium position in the absence of an external excitation.
Natural frequency:
The frequency at which a system vibrates when set in free vibration.
Undamped natural
frequency: In the absence of damping, the frequency at which the system
vibrates when disturbed.
Period of
Oscillation: The time in seconds required for one cycle.
Transmissiblity: The ratio of output amplitude to input amplitude at same
frequency. Following 2 conditions have same transmissiblity value.
 Transmissiblity between harmonic motion excitation from the base (input)
and motion response of mass (output) Ex: Car runing on the road. Car body is m,
base motion excitation is road disturbances.
 Harmonic forcing excitation to mass (Input) and force transmitted to base
(output). Ex: A rotating machine generating force during operation and
transmitting to its base.
Quality Factor:
Transmissibility at resonance, which is the system’s highest possible response
ratio.
List of Equations:
Step 
Parameter/Condition 
Symbol 
Equation 
1 
Natural angular frequency [rad/s] 
w_{n} 

2 
Natural frequency [Hz] 
f_{n} 

3 
Period of oscillations [s] 
T 

4 
Critical damping 
c_{c} 

5 
Damping factor 
c 

6 
Damped natural frequency 
w_{d} 

7 
Quality factor 
Q 

8 
Transmissibility 
TR 

Symbol 
Parameter 
k 
Spring rate (stiffness) 
m 
Mass of the object 
ζ 
Damping ratio 
Ω 
Forcing frequency 
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