Khasawneh Group

Dynamics & Vibration Lab
Michigan State University, MI


Dynamics & Vibration Lab

Donovan Hall – G139/G141

The Khasawneh group's laboratory serves as a center for hands-on research and education related to dynamical systems and time series analysis. The lab contains an optical table with vibration insulation, workbenches, a wide variety of sensors and actuators, and data acquisition capabilities. The lab's capabilities are further extended by having access to the workshop at MSU as well as several state of the art 3D printers in the college of engineering.

The lab contains a variety of sensors for capturing the dynamics of moving objects.

Data acquisition:

  • National Instruments NI PCIe–6361, X Series Multifunction data acquisition card
  • National Instruments BNC-2110 noise rejecting, shielded BNC connector block
  • HP Compaq Elite 8300 computer dedicated to data collection
  • Stanford SR650 programmable filter

Modal testing:

  • PCB modally tuned impulse hammers:
    • Model 086C02 (100 lbf amplitude range)
    • Model 086C03 (8KHz frequency range, 500lb amplitude range)
    • Model 086E80 (miniature impulse hammer (0-50 lbf)


  • PCB 352B10 miniature, lightweight ceramic shear ICP® accelerometer (1-10KHz)
  • PCB 356B11 triaxial, miniature ceramic shear ICP® (2-7KHz)
  • PCB 482A20 8-channel, line-powered ICP® sensor signal conditioner


  • PCB multi-purpose ICP® force sensor (100 lb compression, 100 lb tension)

Displacement sensors:

  • Micro-epsilon LD1610–100 laser displacement sensor

Rotation sensors:

  • Terahertz technologiesLT880 laser tachometer
  • FRABA MCD-AVP02-0012-S060-CRW absolute magnetic rotary analog encoder

Audio signal:

  • low-cost ICP® microphone with integral preamplifier and BNC jack connector (model 130E20)

High-speed camera

Signal generator:

  • Agilent 33511B signal generator

Mechanical shakers

  • APS Dynamics Shaker:

    • APS 129 vibration exciter
    • APS 125 Power amplifier
    • Vertical mounting kit
  • MB Dynamics shakers:

    • MB Dynamics Modal PM 50A shaker
    • MB Dynamics Modal 50 shaker
    • MB Dynamics MB500VI Power Amplifier for use with MB Dynamics Shakers

The group utilizes a combination of proprietary and open source software to perform scientific computations, design and build experiments, and create illustrations and class material. The following lists include some of the major software that the group uses.

Scientific computing software

In addition to using proprietary software, mainly Matlab, a significant amount of the group's work is performed using open-source software.

Image processing

Illustrations and class material

The figures necessary for disseminating the results of the group's research are created using:



The lab has access to the university license for:

Other equipment: