Spring 2019 Course

Spring 2019 Short Course:

Practical Rotordynamics For Real Machinery

April 8 - 11, 2019

Instructors: Malcolm E. Leader, Mark Corbo, Erik Swanson


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Xdot Engineering and Analysis will be offering a short course on Practical Rotordynamics for Real Machinery April 8 through 11 in Charlottesville, VA, with an optional guided hands on training session on April 12th using a trial version of DyRoBeS. The hands on day is suitable for anyone needing an introduction to DyRoBeS, as well as anyone who would simply like hands-on experience using some of the concepts discussed during the course.

The short course is targeted at beginning and intermediate rotating equipment engineers who have a need to develop a practical understanding of the dynamic behavior and analysis of rotating machinery which their company builds, buys, or maintains. The typical participant would have a bachelor's degree in engineering and some prior experience with rotating machinery.

This course will be team taught by three experienced consultants who make their living doing rotordynamics. It focuses on the practical use of rotordynamic analysis as a tool to:

  • Ensure equipment being purchased does not have clear rotordynamic issues that will lead to unreliable operation (rotordynamic audit), and/or
  • Support development of new machinery with smooth, reliable operation (design), and/or
  • Assist in understanding and resolving field problems with existing machinery (vibration troubleshooting).

We will start with the basics, and then go through all of the major elements of a complete analysis, including:

  • Modeling
  • Lateral response and stability
  • Bearing analysis
  • Torsional analysis
  • Overview of API standards
  • Selected case histories and examples


Course Fee ^ top

The course fee of $2,750 per participant will cover the cost of the sessions, lunch daily, break snacks and copies of selected papers and selected presentations in PDF format (you will want to bring a laptop). We will also arrange to make a copy of the 30 day trial version of DyRoBeS available to each participant.

The optional hands-on day using DyRoBeS will be an extra $625.

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy shall apply to all training engagements or classes:

Any cancellation made more than 30 days prior to the course will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations 30 days or less prior to the start of the course will be reviewed on a case by case basis. In general, and at Xdot's sole discretion, a 30% cancellation fee will apply to any cancellation made for business convenience (job reassignment, plant emergency, etc.) 30 days or less prior to the start of the course.

Cancellations made after the start of the course are non-refundable.

We strongly encourage companies to send a substitute participant rather than cancelling a registration. In general, and at Xdot's sole discretion, course materials will only be provided to participants who attend the course.

Xdot reserves the right to reschedule or cancel the date, time and location of any class in the event of insufficient registration or unforeseen circumstances.

Payment by credit card or invoice/check accepted.

Instructors^ top

MALCOLM E. LEADER is owner of Applied Machinery Dynamics with more than 42 years of experience in rotordynamics, bearing design, modal testing, vibration control, and analyzing problems in rotating equipment. He has been an independent consultant for 34 years. Malcolm is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a member of the Vibration Institute's Board of Directors and an ASMEFellow. He is certified as a Vibration Institute Level IV vibration analyst/consultant, and has BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

MARK CORBO is owner of No Bull Engineering. He has more than 25 years of experience in the design and analysis of rotating equipment and hydraulic and pneumatic valves, pumps, and actuators. Mark is a registered professional engineer in New York State, and a member of ASMESTLE, and the Vibration Institute. He serves on the API 684 task force, and the Hydraulic Institute vibrations (dynamics) committee. He has a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

ERIK SWANSON is president and Chief Engineer for Xdot Engineering and Analysis with more than 20 years of experience in the area of rotordynamics, bearings and rotating machinery. Erik is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and Virginia, and a member of ASMESTLESigma Xi, and the Vibration Institute. He serves on the API 684 task force. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Continuing Education Units^ top

Xdot Engineering and Analysis will award a Certificate for the completed training course. You will need to contact your state bureau to find out if this will count toward Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Location Information^ top

This short course will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville with a block of rooms being held for your convenience at a room rate of $163/night.

To make your reservation contact the hotel directly at the address below. For the group rate, let the hotel know that you are with Xdot:

Courtyard by Marriott - U.Va. Medical Center
1201 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 977-1700
(800) 321-2211

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We strongly recommend making your reservation as soon as you know you are attending.


Local airport, Charlottesville (CHO). Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is a 2 hour drive to Charlottesville; Richmond (RIC) airport is a 1.5 hour drive to Charlottesville.