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Introduction to Mechanical Vibration

About the course

Vibration is a common phenomenon occurring in a mechanical system. For example, vibration of a rotor due to unbalanced mass, vibration of a vehicle engine at varying speed. The study of a dedicated course is required to understand the fundamental and advance concepts of mechanical vibrations for engineers and designers. This course is of basic level. It introduces fundamentals of vibration, free and forced, undamped and damped vibration, vibration of single Degree of Freedom (DoF) system, 2-DoF and multi-DoF systems, theory of vibration absorbers and vibration instruments.

Intended audience

It is a Elective Course for UG students of Mechanical Engineering and equivalent.


Completed first year of BE/BTech.

Industries that will recognize this course


Course Instructor

Dr Anil Kumar works as an Assistant Professor faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at IIT Roorkee for more than four years. He teaches subjects like, Automatic Control, Machine Design, Vibrations and Noise, etc. to UG students. His research area belongs to semi-active rail suspension, modal identification of structures, testing of piping joints, pedestrian-structure interaction modelling.

Course Plan

Week1: Fundamental of Vibrations.

Week2: Free Vibration of Single Degree of Freedom Systems.

Week3: Forced Vibration of Single Degree of Freedom Systems.

Week4: Forced Vibration of Single Degree of Freedom Systems.

Week5: Vibration Measuring Instruments.

Week6: Vibration of Two Degree of Freedom Systems.

Week7: Vibration Absorbers.

Week8: Vibration of Multi Degree of Freedom Systems.

Suggested reading

Grover, G.K., “ Mechanical Vibrations”, 7th Ed., Nem Chand & Bros.

Rao, S.S., “ Mechanical Vibrations”, 5th Ed.,  Addison-Wesley Longman, Incorporated.

Thomason, W.T., “Theory of Vibrations with Applications”, 5th Ed., Prentice-Hall.

Timoshenko, S.P., “Vibration Problems in Engineering”, 2nd Reprint Ed., Wolfenden Press.

Kelly, S.G., “Mechanical Vibrations”, Scgaum’s Outlines, Mc Graw Hill Education.

Certification Exam

The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 26 March, 2017
Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 
8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.