Acoustic and Flow Induced Vibrations

Industrial Systems

About the course

Acoustic Induced Vibrations (AIV) and Flow Induced Vibrations (FIV) can cause piping systems to vibrate potentially resulting in fatigue failure. These excitation mechanisms are non-linear and strongly influenced by system settings such as valve openings and fluid velocity. Therefore, it can be difficult to predict the presence in new systems or the best remedial action in existing systems.
In this course you will come to understand the physical concepts of both excitation mechanisms in detail and gain knowledge on strategies to overcome associated vibration issues in the field and reduce the risk when designing new systems. Next to relevant theory, high risk systems and codes & standards, a multitude of real-life cases is discussed including methods for trouble shooting AIV and FIV issues.
The course consists of 4 online, self-study modules combined with 2 online live sessions with the instructor. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account.
After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh the knowledge for your projects.

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Price on Request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • For teams


350 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning

Virtual Program

425 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning and teams

Course Objective

“To give engineers working with industrial piping systems the tools to understand and solve AIV & FIV related challenges.”

The 3-week program

  1. Instructor & student introductions

  2. Course details & schedule

  3. Using the Course Forum

  4. Certificate requirements

  5. Learning objectives

  6. Q&A

  1. Introduction to AIV and FIV

  2. Focal points and Agenda

  3. Dynamic problems in pipe stress analysis

  4. Failure examples due to dynamic loads

  5. Types of vibrations: Non-periodic & periodic 

  6. Types of vibrations: Non-harmonic & harmonic 

  7. Pipe rupture due to Fatigue Failure 

  8. Excitation sources causing vibrations

  9. Induced vibrations and pulsations

  10. Flow and unbalanced forces in piping systems

  11. Vibration theory and SDOF

  12. Dynamic response and harmonic vibrations 

  13. Eigenmodes in piping systems

  14. Relevant codes for dynamic analysis

  1. Module Introduction

  2. Acoustically Induced Vibrations (AIV)

  3. Coupling mechanism and Excitation

  4. Coupling mechanism and Modes

  5. Coupling mechanism and Peak Stresses

  6. Codes and guidelines for AIV

  7. AIV relations: Part 1

  8. AIV relations: Part 2

  9. Detailed analysis of AIV

  10. Mitigation measures against AIV

  1. Cavitation basics and Flashing

  2. Cavitation advanced and Flashing

  3. Slug flow basics

  4. Slug flow: Advanced considerations

  5. AIV & FIV example

  1. Cavitation basics and Flashing

  2. Cavitation advanced and Flashing

  3. Slug flow basics

  4. Slug flow: Advanced considerations

  5. AIV & FIV example

  1. Summary Lecture

  2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

  3. General Q&A

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


After this course, you…

  • Have a good understanding of the physical phenomena associated with AIV and FIV,
  • Know how to approach AIV and FIV issues in the field,
  • Are able to identify the risk of AIV and FIV for new systems,
  • Know codes and guidelines that are relevant when evaluating AIV and FIV,
  • Have seen a multityde of real-life cases.

Intended for

  • Engineers and technicians involved with solving vibration issues in existing piping systems,
  • Process and Piping engineers involved with designing new systems or maintaining existing systems.

Prerequisites and level

  • Basic understanding of piping systems is beneficial.

  • Level: Intermediate


  • Video lectures,

  • Instructor-led live sessions with lectures, group discussions and Q&A’s,

  • Discussion forum with other participants & instructor.

Videos will not be available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. If slides are used in the videos or live sessions these can be viewed separately as well through the portal, but are not available for download.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

Yes, live sessions are included in this course that allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions. Additionally, questions can be submitted in the learning portal by the participants which are addressed in the live sessions.

No software is required for participants of this course.

Self-paced Modules

If your computer and internet connection are able to play videos online and have MS Teams calls you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Live sessions

Live events are provided by means of Microsoft Teams. Hence it required to have an MS Teams account. Additionally, a webcam and microphone are mandatory for the live events. Separate earplugs are recommended as to avoid sound echo.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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