How Do I Get An XYZ Resultant Waterfall

A user has three signals captured using a triaxial accelerometer and asked “What is the simplest way to get the XYZ resultant from run-up file?” He had tried forming a resultant of the raw time histories, but didn’t fully understand the resultant time history.

Of course, the correct way of processing the data is to calculate the individual waterfalls from the x, y & z data and then calculate a resultant waterfall. Continue reading How Do I Get An XYZ Resultant Waterfall

What is the difference between Operating Deflection Shapes (ODS) and Operational Modal Analysis (OMA)?

ODS = Motion of structure vibrating naturally (for example bridge vibration) or when excited by an unknown force (for example generator vibration). Prosig’s Structural Animation software performs ODS analysis.

OMA = Modal Analysis
Prosig’s Modal Analysis software performs OMA. Continue reading What is the difference between Operating Deflection Shapes (ODS) and Operational Modal Analysis (OMA)?

How do I plot two curves with two different axes

A user recently asked…

I was hoping you can give me some way that I can create a plot with two different vertical (Y axis) scaling. I want to plot Principle stress and applied load vs. time on the same plot.

I want to show the principle stress increments on the left side of the graph and the load scale on the right side of the graph. I can do this with some other programs but cannot find a way to do it in DATS for Windows.

Is this POSSIBLE?

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What is the difference between Transfer Path Analysis (TPA) and Source Contribution Analysis (SCA)?

Transfer Path Analysis (TPA) provides the route of the noise or vibration through the structure, not just which sources cause the response, but the route taken. This is useful for developing and improving components like engine anti-vibration mountings or suspension anti-vibration mountings. Continue reading What is the difference between Transfer Path Analysis (TPA) and Source Contribution Analysis (SCA)?

Using global variables, variable arithmetic & script fragments

One of Prosig’s engineers was recently creating a complex worksheet application that required some complicated arithmetic to be performed on values calculated in the worksheet. Worksheet (or global) variables are ideal for this. The Variable Mods DPU also has an expression evaluator built in. Consider the following worksheet that takes a Named Element from two signals and sums them. Continue reading Using global variables, variable arithmetic & script fragments