The application analyzes the data from the phone's accelerometer and builds a vibration spectrum. This allows the evaluation of not only the strength and frequency of the vibration, but also the speed of rotation of various mechanisms: fans, motors, various rotating components; since the vibration frequency often (but not always) coincides with the frequency of rotation. The application will be useful in determining the quality of fans and motors, in determining whether their actual parameters coincide with the ones declared by the manufacturer, it will find its uses in monitoring of malfunctions (e.g. in bearings) or while testing the quality of assembly and balancing of the homemade mechanisms with rotating parts.
Do not expose your iPhone to an excessive vibration, as it may break. If the analyzed vibration is too strong, use a foam material pad, or put your iPhone at a distance where the force of the vibration is not dangerous to your device. In addition to decreasing vibration for the iPhone, a foam pad improves contact between the iPhone and the vibrating part, which makes the transmission of vibration more accurate and produces better results.
BE SURE TO READ THE EXAMPLES OF THE VIBRATION SPECTRUM ANALYSIS AT THE APPLICATION WEB SITE (usefulmobileapps.com).
Features of the full version of the application:
• The choice of units of measurement. X-axis: Hz or RPM. Y-axis: g, m/s², ft/s², mm/s, in/s (ips), mm, mil, dB(A), dB(V).
• FFT size (for built-in accelerometer): 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096 (data collection time from 0.64 sec. to 40 sec.). For an accelerometer connected to the headphone jack FFT size from 2048 to 131072. For Bluetooth- accelerometer FFT size from 1024 to 65536.
• Linear and logarithmic frequency scale.
• Linear frequency scale with maximum details (there is a choice for the displayed frequency range).
• Peak frequency detection.
• Values of any point (for linear frequency scale, octave bands and vibration wave (at maximum detail)).
• Selecting which axis of the accelerometer is to collect data.
• Octave bands (1/1, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12).
• Window functions (Blackman, Hamming, Hann (Hanning), Blackman–Nuttall, Sine window).
• Peak hold.
• Taking a screenshot by lightly touching the screen.
• Root mean square (RMS, for vibration) or average value (AVG, for absolute values) for vibration wave. Values are calculated only for data displayed on the screen.
• Calibration of the built-in accelerometer. Need EXCLUSIVELY for measuring absolute acceleration values (gravitational acceleration). For vibration measurement, the data obtained during calibration are NOT USED. To activate the settings, turn on the "Vibration wave" mode and turn off the "Only fluctuations" mode. The parameters of the accelerometer depend on the temperature and voltage of the battery, and may change over time. To obtain stable values, the accelerometer should work for several minutes.
• Saving the measurement results in the application. Files with saved data (SavedData_[date]_[time].txt) can be copied to a desktop/laptop computer or transferred to another iPhone using iTunes.
• Export data to a text ("Y=[y1 y2... yn]", "y1;y2;... yn", "x1;y1\nx2;y2;...") or WAV file. Number of points is adjusted via "FFT size". To export octaves, use "x1;y1\nx2;y2;...".
• Accelerometer connects to the headphone jack (measurement range from 5 Hz to 24000 Hz).
• A stroboscope for an external accelerometer (the feature was proposed by Todd French from Los Angeles, California).
• Bluetooth accelerometer.
When converting acceleration into speed or displacement, at 0-5 Hz frequencies noise starts prevailing over vibration peaks, which is why such frequencies are disregarded when doing the conversion. Should vibration frequency exceed 50 Hz, the peak will be recorded at an incorrect frequency, and hence speed or displacement will not be calculated correctly. Unrealistically high speed or large displacement may be a sign of this kind of false frequency.
• Root mean square (RMS, for vibration) or average value (AVG, for absolute values) for vibration wave.
• Calibration of the built-in accelerometer. Need EXCLUSIVELY for measuring absolute acceleration values (gravitational acceleration).
• Saving the measurement results in the application.
• Selects the sampling rate of the built-in accelerometer.
• Bugs fixed in the octave scale, data export (low file writing speed).
• Changing the area of calculation of the maximum value for a vibration wave.
Ratings and Reviews
Really good app. Maybe in a future update we you can add a feature to display multiple axis on a single time waveform. It would be nice to be able to see the energy in all three accelerometers at once.
Glad this app is still around!
I bought this app years ago as a novelty. Since then I’ve used it for science fair projects and analysis of vibrations in my computer fans.
I was browsing through app store and came accross with this app. I showed it to my husband....he was so happy .... Now he uses this app while buying things like fans. This app is great as it helps to check if the product actually does what is explained by the manufacturer. So far we are happy with this app. It works well with all the electrical things.
- Dmitriy Kharutskiy
- 5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German, Japanese, Russian
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2014 Dmitriy Kharutskiy
- In-App Purchases
- Settings $2.99
- External accelerometer $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.