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Sound - Order question

  1. Sep 2, 2008 #1
    I work in the automotive industry and some of the products we make are resonators for engines. I always hear talk about "order" (2nd order, 4th order, etc) in sound plots. What are they referring too? Is there a good site out there that can give me the basics?
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  3. Sep 2, 2008 #2


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    It somewhat depends on the usage in your particular field. In most cases I have seen, the order refers to a multiple of a fundamental frequency. In your case that would probably be the once per rev engine speed. So a second order vibration would be a vibration with a frequency of 2X of engine speed. In the vibration analysis world, the order of the vibration is a first indicator of a source for the vibration. For example, a first order (or as I am used to saying, a 1E) is a very good indication of a shaft imbalance.

    I found this page related to automotive engines that probably will give you what you need.

    http://www.vibratesoftware.com/html_help/html/Diagnosis/Engine_Speed_Related.htm [Broken]
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