Understanding the Causes of Vibrations in Systems

• Valkyrie_Lenneth
In summary, vibrations do not come from thermal energy, as demonstrated by the example of a spring with two masses. The energy for the vibration comes from an external force, such as a spinning rod or guitar string. However, in the case of atoms and molecules, their vibrations are a form of thermal energy, which is highly disordered and difficult to convert into other forms of energy.
Valkyrie_Lenneth
I would like to think that: vibrations do not come from thermal energy.

A spring with two masses at each end of that spring do not vibrate due to thermal energy of the air around. That system vibrate because :when the spring is stretched, it creat a force pulling the two masses toward each other, but when the two masses are too close to each other, the spring create a force pushing the two masses apart.
That process goes on and on,which is called vibration.

So , fre vibrations of a system come from the own energy of that system.

I believe that the "energy of that system" to which you refer is the same thing physicists are speaking of when they say "thermal energy" of a system. But even in this illustration, the energy had to come from an outside source. In the case of the wieghts on a spring, it is not heat from the sarrounding air that puts energy into the system, but some external force moving the weights.

The cause of a vibration depends on the system you are examining.
If you are looking at atoms, they vibrate due to thermal energy.
If you look at a larger mechanical system, the vibration is typically due to some other force. For example, a spinning rod or wheel that is not balanced (torque/angular momentum) in an engine/transmission system, or a guitar string that has been pushed.
But the underlying reason is Kinetic Energy.

If you imagine that the electromagnetic force between atoms are springs. Through the life time of these interacting atoms, they will be jostled by a whole host of things. For example infra red energy will interact with the electromagnetic field of the electons in the atom/molecule. Imparting energy to the bounds between the atoms. As energy is not destroyed, one place that the energy manifests is the vibration of these particles. So what you say is correct,vibrations do not come from thermal energy. Molecular vibrations ARE thermal energy.
The interesting thing about these vibrations or heat, is they are highly disorded. So converting this energy to some thing else is very difficult/impossible. Without heating something else.

Duncan

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1. What is vibration?

Vibration is a repetitive motion or oscillation of an object or system around an equilibrium point. It can be observed in various forms, such as back-and-forth, side-to-side, or up-and-down movements.

2. What causes vibrations in systems?

Vibrations in systems can be caused by a variety of factors, including external forces like wind or earthquakes, internal forces like friction or imbalances, and energy transfer from one form to another.

3. How are vibrations measured and analyzed?

Vibrations can be measured using specialized instruments like accelerometers, which detect changes in acceleration, and analyzed using techniques like frequency analysis or modal analysis to determine the underlying causes and patterns.

4. What are the potential effects of vibrations on systems?

Vibrations can have both positive and negative effects on systems. On one hand, they can be beneficial in certain applications, such as in musical instruments or in machinery to aid in the movement of objects. On the other hand, excessive or uncontrolled vibrations can lead to damage, fatigue, or failure of components in a system.

5. How can vibrations be controlled or reduced in systems?

There are various techniques that can be used to control or reduce vibrations in systems. These include adding damping materials to absorb energy, using isolation systems to prevent vibrations from transferring to other parts of the system, and implementing design modifications to reduce the potential for vibrations.

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