Units and Measurement

Unit of Vibration

Unit of vibration, as the name suggests, is associated with the concept of vibration. Vibration is a term that leads to the induction of the same when someone hears it. Furthermore, it refers to a mechanical phenomenon whereby the occurrence of oscillations takes place at an equilibrium point.

Introduction to Unit of Vibration

Strictly speaking, vibration is not really a physical quantity to have a unit. Rather, vibration is a form of a complex signal that tells us about the state of an object experiencing physical acceleration due to multiple forces. Moreover, vibrations take place when the movement of an object happens repetitively in a certain direction but at an equilibrium point.

When it comes to the unit of vibration measurement, the expression of vibration takes place by the units of frequency, velocity, acceleration and displacement. These units can be denoted by the letters F, V, A and D respectively. This is also because when one looks from a practical point of view, vibration happens to be more of an intricate summation of various frequencies that are at different amplitudes.

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Vibration Analysis

The application of vibration Analysis (VA) takes place in an industrial or maintenance environment. Furthermore, the aim of such analysis is to detect equipment faults, thereby reducing the equipment downtime and maintenance costs.

VA is an important component of a condition monitoring (CM) program. Moreover, experts often refer to it as predictive maintenance (PdM).

Use of VA takes place to detect faults in rotating equipment like pumps, motors, fans, gearboxes etc. Moreover, the various faults can be misalignment, unbalance, resonance conditions, and rolling element bearing faults.

Use of the units of displacement, velocity and acceleration can take place in VA that are displayed as a time waveform (TWF). Most commonly, the use of the spectrum takes place whose derivation is from a fast Fourier transform of the TWF.

Vibration Units

There is no single answer to the question – what is the unit of vibration? This is because there are many factors to consider which affect this topic of the unit of vibration. To put it simply, there are several units whose use can take place depending on the properties of vibration.

Below are the various units of vibration:


When we consider cycles per second or the number of times the generation of a repetitive motion takes place by a vibrating object, usually in one second, one must make use of the unit of frequency which is Hertz (Hz).


When talking about the vibration displacement unit, one must talk about the displacement of the amplitude (distance) between the peaks of vibration or the displacement of a vibrating object from a fixed position. Furthermore, if this happens, the unit will be m, μm, and mm.


When the vibrating object, during the vibration cycle, approaches the maximum speed, use of units like mm/s or cm/s takes place to basically measure the changing rate of displacement (D) per unit time.


Defined as the changing rate of velocity(V) per unit time, here the measurement of vibration takes place by making use of m/s2, cm/s2, mm/s2, and g.

Other Possible Units

If one takes ‘vibration’ as Sound, the relevant SI unit would turn out to be Watts per square meter (W/m2).

FAQs For Unit of Vibration

Question 1: What are the vibration measuring instruments?

Answer 1: Vibration measuring instruments, as the name suggests, facilitate the measurement of vibration. Depending on the quantity whose measurement is to take place, the vibration measuring instruments are accelerometer, vibrometer, velocity meter, phase meter, and frequency meter. Furthermore, measurement of vibration can take place with the unit of vibration.

Question 2: Explain the concept of vibration testing?

Answer 2: One can accomplish vibration testing by introducing a forcing function into a structure. Usually, this happens with some type of shaker. Alternatively, the attachment of a DUT (device under test) takes place to the “table” of a shaker.

The performance of vibration testing takes place to examine a device’s response under test (DUT) to a defined vibration environment. Furthermore, the measured response may be such that it has the ability to function in the resonant frequencies, vibration environment, fatigue life, or squeak and rattle sound output (NVH).

The performance of queak and rattle testing takes place with a special type of quiet shaker. Moreover, this leads to the production of very low sound levels when under operation.

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