Technical seminar | Vibrations in machinery with fluid film bearings - BELGIUM

  • When: 12-13 June 2019
  • Where: Rodestraat 125, 1630 Linkebeek, Belgium
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Vibration monitoring is an essential tool in predictive maintenance strategies. This technical seminar will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of vibration analysis in rotating machinery with fluid film bearing. As central elements of any industrial installation, rotating machinery with fluid film bearings demands special attention to ensure their availability and reliability and to optimize life-cycle costs and residual life expectancy.  The typical signatures of vibration problems associated with a broad range of machine types from around the world will be illustrated and discussed, with real case studies drawn from ENGIE Laborelec’s extensive experience in vibration monitoring.

12-13 June 2019
ENGIE Laborelec
Rodestraat 125
1630 Linkebeek
Two days
Registration fee : €1100


Frits Petit

After obtaining a Master’s degree in electro-mechanical Engineering in 2005 from the University of Ghent, Frits Petit went on to a PhD in the field of mechanical vibrations, more specifically studying linear and nonlinear tuned mass dampers. Since 2011, he has worked at ENGIE Laborelec in the Vibration Mechanics department. Frits conducts vibration analysis (using finite element modelling) and vibration measurements on all types of industrial components, from small pumps to large turbomachinery. In addition to resolving vibration issues, he is also involved in assessing the structural integrity and life time of vital electrical power plant components such as pipes, valve casings and steam turbines.

Tom Verbruggen

With a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in 2005, Tom Verbruggen worked for two years at OPRA Turbines in the Netherlands, gaining experience in the operation of small gas turbines for power generation. In 2008 he joined ENGIE Laborelec in the Vibration Mechanics department, becoming involved in the vibration analysis of rotating machinery, ranging from smaller pumps to large nuclear power plant steam turbines. As well as vibration analysis, Tom is an expert in vibration measurement itself, with extensive knowledge of the many different measuring devices and techniques, and advises on the most appropriate ways of extracting data and resolving vibration issues. Tom is a certified ISO18436-2 Category 3 vibration analyst.


Wednesday 12th of June

08:30 – Welcome and coffee
09:00 – Technical seminar 

  • Introduction.
  • Basic elements of vibration analysis theory:
    • Harmonic vibrations
    • Spectral analysis
    • Resonance
    • Stiffness and damping
  • Introduction to the major rotor elements, and dynamic behaviour of a shaft line (rotor, fluid film bearings, foundation, etc.).
  • Typical measurement techniques for vibration monitoring

17:30 – Closing time
19:00 – Evening activities including dinner

Thursday 13th of June

08:30 – Welcome and coffee
09:00 – Technical seminar 

Typical signature of vibration problems associated with turbomachines, explanations based on real-world case studies:

  • Rub (newkirk, intermittent rub, etc.)
  • Thermal imbalance of the shaft
  • Shaft eccentricity
  • Blade loss
  • Asynchronous vibration due to instabilities in the oil film
  • Steam whirl
  • Humming 

17:30 – Closing time

Bring your own case!

You are most welcome to bring cases and experience for discussion during the seminar. Our experts will offer their opinions, and you’ll also benefit from hearing from peers in other companies who may have had the same experiences.

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