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Mechanical Acoustics/Vibration engineering FAQ

Books and references

Books on Noise and Vibration by GregLocock
Posted: 7 Nov 07 (Edited 22 Aug 10)

All the books below have strong points and are reliable. I use them all except Ker Wilson, which I have read once from cover to cover.

Beranek 'Acoustics' - strong on acoustic theory. Definitive

Thomson 'Theory of Vibration with Applications' -  Good engineering undergraduate/practitioner level text.

Rao 'Mechanical Vibrations' - analytical approach

White and Walker 'Noise and Vibration' - collection of papers, rather good

Bruel and Kjaer 'Mechanical Vibrations and Shock Measurements' - good, experimental emphasis

Harris 'Shock and Vibration Handbook' - broad overview.

Baxa 'Noise Control in Internal Combustion Engines' - nice collection of papers.

Ker Wilson 'Torsional vibration' - crankshaft TVs. Thorough and authoritative. Of no interest to most people.

Blevins 'Natural Frequencies and Mode Shapes' - a must for anyone who is analysing the dynamics of complex systems

rob768 recommends

Den Hartog 'Mechanical Vibrations' - much cheaper than any of the above and a respected source.

Sompting Guy recommends

Munjal 'Acoustics of Ducts and Mufflers' - Expensive but worth it if someone else is paying.

spongebob007 recommends

'Fundamentals of Acoustics'  Kinsler& Frey

Strong recommends
For Industrial Noise Control:
"Machinery Acoustics" by George M. Diehl Wiley-Interscience 1973  

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