Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM EDT
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT

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About the Speaker

Pete Avitabile, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He holds a Ph.D., MS, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Rhode Island, and Manhattan College. He has 35 years of industrial and university experience in finite element modeling, experimental structural dynamic modeling, correlation of analytical and experimental data, integration of analytical and experimental data to provide better component and system modal representations for structural response.


Salvatore's Italian Garden Restaurant
6461 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043

Special Hotel Rate Available at The Delavan:
Call (716) 635-9000 and mention the "PCB September Training" to receive the discounted rate.


Andrew Spike 
PCB Piezotronics, Inc. 
(716) 684-0002, ext. 2559 

Structural Dynamic and Modal Measurements Seminar - September 2019 

PCB Piezotronics, Inc. and The Modal Shop invite you to attend an educational seminar on Modal Analysis in Depew, NY on September 10th and 11th. These two days of training will be followed by a tour of PCB's Headquarters on September 12th. Dr. Pete Avitabile, Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a leading authority on modal analysis, will be your instructor.


September 10th
7:00 - 8:30am Breakfast and Check-in
8:30 - 12:00pm Seminar Lecture
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 5:00pm Seminar Lecture
5:30 - 6:30pm Cocktail Hour
6:30pm Dinner at Salvatore's

September 11th
7:00 - 8:30am
Breakfast and Check-in
8:30 - 12:00pm Seminar Lecture
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 3:30pm Seminar Lecture
3:30 - 4:30pm Closing Remarks - Q&A
5:30pm Shuttle leaves from hotel to Pearl Street Brewery
6:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner

September 12th 
7:30am  Pick-up at The Delavan Hotel
8:00 - 8:30am Breakfast and Check-in
8:30 - 9:00am Presentations
9:00 - 9:15am Overview of Groups and Tours
9:15am - 9:30 Break
9:30am - 11:50am Facility Tours
12:00pm Lunch

At This Seminar You Will Learn:

  • Shaker Basics - shaker, amplifier, force, impedance, and excitation signals example measurements (random, burst random, pseudo-random, chirp, digital stepped sine).
  • Performing a Basic Experimental Modal Test - overview of the process/making measurements
  • Modal Primer - a brief overview of the process
  • Hammer Basics - tips, force/exponential window, coherence, double impact, over/underload/saturation, multiple impacts, and roving/stationary hammers example measurements
  • MIMO - FRF and Multiple Coherence - shaker independence/PCA, shaker anomalies, and number of shakers example measurements
  • Measurement Inconsistencies from Poor Testing: Implications for Modal Test
  • Impact Testing: Additional items for consideration
  • Frequency Range: Multi-bands, skewed inputs, ICP low frequency
  • Shaker Testing: Additional items for consideration, stinger types, stinger effects, impedance heads, general shaker set up, SISO/MIMO, mass loading, and effect on modal analysis (stability, modes extracted)

The cost of the training is $299. This fee covers course instruction, training materials, and meals.

If you would like to register multiple people with one card, if you need an invoice, or have questions, please contact Andrew Spike at aspike@pcb.com or 1-716-684-0002 ext. 2559. Thank you for your interest.