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dB Conversion to m/s2

dB Conversion to m/s2

dB Conversion to m/s2

I'm using a Norwegian Realtime Analyzer to take measurements of vibration off of outdoor power equipment.  I have the analyzer set to 119.8 dB = 1 G.  I currently have a conversion formula to calculate m/s2 from dB at each frequency from 8 hz to 1000 hz.  I'm not sure if it is right.  Can any one provide me with an equation that I can compare mine to.


RE: dB Conversion to m/s2

Well, as a check roughly 100 dB=1m/s/s using that reference value.

x m/s/s=(10^((dB-dBREF)/20))*REF

where REF is 9.81, and dBREF is 119.8

That seems to work.

Your confusion (if you are confused) is probably caused by using a reference value for the dB scale that is not equivalent to 0 dB. One way to reslove this is to enter the reference value for the dB conversion as 0 dB, ie 0 dB=10^-5 m/s^2

Then you don't need dBREF any more.


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