Modal Analysis/Dynamic Systems



Chair: Brandon Dilworth | MIT Lincoln Laboratory Email
Vice-Chair: Timothy Marinone | ATA Engineering, Inc. Email
Secretary: Jon Furlich | ATA Engineering, Inc. Email




This Technical Division, one that is core to the IMAC conference, continues to support the field of Modal Analysis and Structural Dynamics as it continues to evolve and mature. Several technical sessions are organized each year with papers presenting state-of-the-art advances and authored by some of the leading researchers in the field.


The purpose of the Modal Analysis and Structural Dynamics is:

  1. To further develop and to advance the art of dynamic analysis and measurements through the exchange of information on modal analysis, other dynamic analysis methods, measurements of dynamic phenomenon and instrumentation for dynamic measurements.
  2. Provide improved and efficient technical coordination between both experimental and analytical users of dynamic analysis in the engineering community and manufacturers of these systems hardware and software.
  3. Promote technical discussions with instrumentation manufacturers on an industry wide base, to coordinate user’s requirements for dynamic instrumentation and focus attention on user’s needs.
  4. Identify and sponsor projects involving dynamic analysis and dynamic measurements.

Recent Activities

We have offered the Basics of Modal Analysis for the New/Young Engineer for 20 years, these two lecture sessions given on the first day have been consistently well attended. This is a great session for first time IMAC attendees who are new to the field of Modal Analysis, so that they can familiarize themselves with some of the common theory and jargon that is used throughout the remainder of the conference. During the last few years we have added vendor sessions, where attendees can see how the material presented on the first day is implemented in commercially available software and hardware. Also, more advanced, but established technology sessions are offered for attendees who want to gather learn more about standard technologies that build upon Modal Analysis: such as Operational Modal, Rotating Machinery, Pre-Test Planning and Correlation Analysis.


Free Article Downloads from Experimental Techniques for Members

Modal Space-Back to Basics
This currently running series written by Peter Avitabile features a variety of topics relating to modal analysis and its use for both analytical and experimental work. Some of the material presented here is excerpted from the multimedia format Modal Handbook on CD. This is the longest running series of articles to appear in Experimental Techniques.


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