Effects of Cable Connections on Vibration Measurements


  • Al D. Lightstone Valcoustics Canada Ltd.
  • Sam Du Valcoustics Canada Ltd.


During periodic checking of vibration transducers with a shaker table, using sinusoidal excitation, it was noticed that the waveforms produced by the transducers at low frequencies showed significant distortion. It appears that this is due to unintended forces on the transducer due to the signal cable. One of the ramifications is that the measured low frequency spectrum will potentially contain artifacts that are not directly due to the vibration input. Empirical results are presented of a mini-study of the effects on transducer signal output of different types of signal cable and cable dressing.

Author Biography

Al D. Lightstone, Valcoustics Canada Ltd.

President and Principal Engineer at Valcoustics Canada Ltd., with over 45 years experience in Acoustics.  Registered Designated Consulting Engineer with Professional Engineers of Ontario.



How to Cite

Lightstone AD, Du S. Effects of Cable Connections on Vibration Measurements. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2017 Aug. 28 [cited 2021 Oct. 19];45(3). Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/3098



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