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Shock and Vibration
Volume 11, Issue 3-4, Pages 281-293

Identification of the 3D Vibratory Motion of a Rigid Body by Accelerometer Measurements

Francesca Di Puccio and Paola Forte

Department of Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy

Received 24 August 2004; Revised 24 August 2004

Copyright © 2004 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The identification of the motion of a rigid body by means of linear accelerometers is a problem already investigated by many researchers, but still debated. The optimisation of the number and placement of accelerometers is also another important aspect of the problem. In this study, an experimental procedure is proposed and applied to identify the rigid-body vibratory motion of the steering wheel of a sporting car, by means of six linear accelerometers. Some numerical simulations for investigating possible errors are also presented.