ISO 10816-1:1995

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work. ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of electrotechnical standardization.

Draft International Standards adopted by the technical committees are circulated to the member bodies for voting. Publication as an International Standard requires approval by at least 75 % of the member bodies casting a vote.

International Standard ISO 10816-1 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 108, Mechanical vibration and shock, Subcommittee SC 2, Measurement and evaluation of mechanical vibration and shock as applied to machines, vehicles and structures.

Vibration Severity per ISO 10816

Image: Courtesy of Multi Maintenance Solution

This first edition of ISO 10816-1 cancels and replaces ISO 2372:1974 and ISO 3945:1985, which have been technically revised.
ISO 10816 consists of the following parts, under the general title Mechanical vibration — Evaluation of machine vibration by measurements on non-rotating parts:

— Part 1: General guidelines
— Part 2: Large land-based steam turbine generator sets in excess of 50 MW
— Part 3: Industrial machines with nominal power above 15 kW and nominal speeds between 120 r/min and 15000 r/min when measured in situ
— Part 4: Gas turbine driven sets excluding aircraft derivatives
— Part 5: Machine sets in hydraulic power generating and pumping plants


This part of ISO 10816 establishes general conditions and procedures for the measurement and evaluation of vibration using measurements made on non-rotating and, where applicable, non-reciprocating parts of complete machines. The general evaluation criteria, which are presented in terms of both vibration magnitude and change of vibration, relate to both operational monitoring and acceptance testing. They have been provided primarily with regard to securing reliable, safe, long-term operation of the machine, while minimizing adverse effects on associated equipment. Guidelines are also presented for setting operational limits.

The evaluation criteria relate only to the vibration produced by the machine itself and not to vibration transmitted to it from outside.
Part 1 of ISO 10816 does not include any consideration of torsional vibration.

Learn about ISO 10816 Part 2.