Distance - Practical Machine Foundation Design Workshop (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Course Description:

It is often the case in foundation design that understanding of machine, foundation and soil data can be lacking. Machine data is often used at the foundation design stage without proper awareness of its concepts. Better communication between foundation designer and machine manufacturer can serve to improve the foundation performance and thus machine performance; which can go some way to rectify this problem. Therefore it is imperative that those involved in the foundation design process completely understand all the relevant constraints.
This course will focus on the improvements needed in the design process; with the sole objective of enabling practicing engineers to understand the dynamics of machine foundation system. The course covers basic fundamentals necessary for understanding and evaluating the dynamic responses of a machine foundation system. The main focus of the course will be to cover the following systems: Rotary Machines, Reciprocating Machines and Vibration Isolation System.
The course is aimed primarily at practicing engineers as well as for engineers at the junior level.
Design of industrial machine foundations is a composite discipline, involving elements of; structural engineering (statics and dynamics), foundation, geotechnical and mechanical engineering.

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed an analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction.

Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.

Introduction to Machine Foundation Design
  • Types of Machine Foundations
  • General Requirements of Machine Foundations dimensional Criteria
  • Design Data
  • Dynamic Loads Induced in Simple Crank Mechanisms
  • Permissible Amplitudes
  • Permissible Bearing Pressure
Fundamentals of Soil Dynamics
  • Static and dynamic loading conditions
  • Soil-structure interaction;
  • Dynamic soil properties.
  • Definition of stiffness, and damping
Foundation and Machine Types
  • General considerations
  • Machine types
  • Foundation types
  • Different types of load excitations due to rotary and hammer machines;
  • Response of rigid foundations in 1 and 2 DOF;
Design Criteria
  • Foundation and equipment loads
  • Dynamic soil properties
  • Vibration performance criteria
  • Concrete performance criteria
  • Performance criteria for machine-mounting systems
  • Method for estimating inertia forces from multi-cylinder machines
Design Methods and Materials
  • Overview of design methods
  • Impedance provided by the supporting media
  • Vibration analysis
  • Structural foundation design and materials
  • Use of isolation systems
  • Repairing and upgrading foundations
  • Sample impedance calculations
Dynamic Design of Shallow and Pile Foundations:
  • Impedance properties of foundations and soils;
  • Mathematical models for dynamic foundation analyses analysis.
Theory of Vibration Basic Understanding With Application in Machine Foundation Design
  • Resonance and its Effect
  • Theory of a Single-Degree Freedom System
  • Theory of a Two-Degree Freedom System
  • Multiple-Degree Freedom System
  • Transient Response
Design Parameters
  • Importance of Design Parameters
  • Geometrical Properties of Machine Foundations
  • Physical Properties of the Elastic Base and their Experimental Evaluation
  • Design Machine Parameters
  • Parameters for Rotary Machines
  • Dynamic Forces
  • Transient Resonance
  • Critical Speeds of Rotors
  • Rotor Bearing Supports
  • Forces Due To Emergency and Faulted Conditions
  • Coupling of Machines
Analysis and Design of Block-Type Machine Foundations
  • Modes of Vibration of a Block Foundation
  • Review of Methods for Dynamic Analysis
  • Recommended Method of Analysis for Block Foundations
  • Foundations for Machines Inducing Periodical Forces (Example: Reciprocating Machinery)
  • Foundations Subject to Impact-Type Forces: Hammers
  • Analysis and Design of Framed Foundations for High-speed Machinery
  • Design Data
  • Special Considerations in Planning
  • Principal Design Criteria
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Design workshop of Framed Foundation for a 200 MW Turbo-Generator
  • Design workshop: different examples
  • Summary of design procedures for different types of machines
Vibration Isolation Design
  • Active and Passive Types of Isolation-Transmissibility
  • Methods of isolation in Machine Foundations
  • Isolation in Existing Machine Foundations
  • Case Histories
  • Properties of isolating Materials
  • Design workshop
Remedial Measures for Machine Foundations
  • Sources of damage and disturbance;
  • Error diagnosis and evaluation;
  • Remedial measures;
  • Examples from different industries; sources of error.

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