IEST-RP-DTE019: Vibration Controller Selection

This Recommended Practice (RP), IEST-RP-DTE019, is meant to provide rudimentary guidelines for those tasked with selecting a closed-loop Digital Shaker Control System, (DSCS), for use in vibration and/or shock testing. It is concerned with single shaker operation only. It is not meant to be a specification for a specific purchase, but rather a focused treatise on factors which should be considered when one is setting out to specify a new vibration control system. It is assumed that this system will be used for serious qualification of military or commercial products, perhaps according to MIL-STD-810, and as such the system should be based on valid engineering design and exhibit robust performance.

First printing, April 2011

Vibration Controller Selection was prepared by Working Group 019 of the IEST Design, Test, and Evaluation Division (WG-DTE019).


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