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SAE International Offers Book on Vehicle Vibration Theory and Analysis

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 25, 2011 - Principles of Vibration Analysis with Applications in Automotive Engineering, a complete guide to the science of automotive vibration theory and analysis, has been developed by SAE International. The 390-page book is available in hardcover print and ebook versions. The latter offering includes either complete ebook or individual echapter downloads, available in a suite of formats that are also saved in a personalized elibrary hosted by SAE International.

The 12-chapter book goes beyond other texts on the subject since it integrates the advances of modern modal analysis, experimental testing, and numerical analysis with fundamental theory. No other book brings all these topics together, compares them, and then provides experience with practical application to vehicle engineering by offering problems and examples. The book summarizes basic vibration theory and established methods for analyzing vibrations. It then illustrates these concepts and procedures using worked-out examples.

Occupant expectations for smooth-riding, refined, and reliable vehicles have increased significantly in recent years. Understanding and controlling vibration is important not only from an improved passenger comfort standpoint, but is also critical for greater vehicle durability and reliability. Vehicles with moving parts can literally vibrate themselves apart if vibrations are not controlled. Understanding where vibrations originate in a car or machine is fundamental to begin to control them.

Principles of Vibration Analysis with Applications in Automotive Engineering should be of most interest to practicing engineers and designers who are concerned with the dynamic effects of machinery. Most of these engineers are found at automotive OEMs and their suppliers, but the book should also be of interest to technical professionals developing ships, boats, motorcycles, trucks, trailers, railway cars, and recreational vehicles.

The second-largest group of target readers is university students who could use the book as a text and reference. Problems included in each chapter help this audience understand the concepts and develop problem-solving skills.

Another major group of readers includes researchers who are working to improve theoretical models and advanced testing techniques.

The book’s authors, Dr. C.Q. Liu and Dr. Ronald L. Huston, are recognized experts in the field.

Liu is a senior technical specialist at Chrysler Corp. He has over 28 years of experience as an NVH specialist and 13 years of university teaching and research experience. He has authored/coauthored four books and more than 40 journal articles. He received a B.S. in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1969; an M.S. in applied mechanics from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, in 1982; and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH in 1991.

Huston is a distinguished research professor of mechanics and professor emeritus in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He has been an engineering faculty member for more than 46 years. From 1979-80 he served as division director, civil and mechanical engineering, at the National Science Foundation. He has authored/coauthored six books, more than 150 journal articles, and more than 150 conference papers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1959, an M.S. in engineering mechanics in 1961, and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics in 1962.

Book Details


  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Vibration of a Single-Degree-of-Freedom System
  • Chapter 3: Harmonically Excited Motion
  • Chapter 4: Balancing of Rotors 
  • Chapter 5: Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Systems
  • Chapter 6: Numerical Methods
  • Chapter 7: Transfer Functions and Frequency Response Functions
  • Chapter 8: Lumped Parameter Systems
  • Chapter 9: Continuous Systems 
  • Chapter 10: Engine Mounting Systems
  • Chapter 11: Experimental Modal Analysis
  • Chapter 12: Special Topics

Published: January 2011

Pages: 380

Print Binding: Hardbound

eBook Formats:  pdf, epub, prc

Product Code: R-395

Price: $99.95 List, $79.96-$89.95 SAE Member

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order Principles of Vibration Analysis with Applications in Automotive Engineering, visit: To request an electronic review copy of the book, email Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

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