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Use early-bird coupon code SS617SHOCK to save $120 off your registration by April 7, 2017.


Intermediate Shock Testing and Shock Response Spectra Strengths and the Methods to Supplement and Reduce Abuses and Alternatives

This is a combined one-day training course on types of shocks, including classical waveform, transient, pyrotechnic, and seismic and the origin of the SRS. Calculation of the SRS, strengths of the SRS and abuses of the SRS will be discussed. The problems of measuring and analyzing shocks will be explored, and some helpful tips will be offered. The course will expand into specific shock applications, including MIL-S-901 Underwater Explosion, ballistic impact, and repetitive events. Methods to supplement the SRS and to reduce the abuses will also be discussed.

Instructor: David Smallwood

David Smallwood holds a BSME degree from New Mexico State University and an MSME degree from New York University. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories from 1967 to 2003, when he retired as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Structural Dynamics Research Department. Smallwood has published almost 90 articles, contributed sections to four books, and holds two patents. He was instrumental in the evolution of digital shaker control, and developed several methods for the synthesis of time histories to match a shock response spectrum (SRS) and developed algorithms for the calculation of the SRS. He is an IEST Fellow, is on the editorial board of two journals and has won numerous awards including the IEST Irwin Vigness Award and the Mel Baron Award from SAVIAC. He currently works at Sandia as a part-time consultant, and teaches short courses.

Upcoming training dates: 

June 21, 2017
1827 Walden Office Square
Suite 400
Schaumburg, Illinois
Online registration closes May 19, 2017

Spectral Analysis

The course provides in-depth instruction on spectral analysis in the context of dynamic signals. Geared toward the practicing test engineer and advanced technician, the class will cover the history and motivation of spectral analysis, time history signal classification, stationary and non-stationary stochastic process, and filtering, among other topics.

Instructor: Ron Merritt

Ronald G. Merritt has a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics. From May 1977 to September 2010 he was employed as a Mechanical Engineer in the Life Cycle Environmental Engineering area at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, CA. From September 2010 to December 2014 Merritt was a contractor with Jacobs Technology with work related in the same area of NAWCWD. Since January 2015, Merritt has worked as a contractor with ATAC. He is a Fellow of the IEST and Associate Fellow of NAWCWD. His interests reflected in several published papers include statistical characterization and processing of measured vibration and shock environments for laboratory test specification development.

Upcoming training dates:

June 22, 2017
1827 Walden Office Square
Suite 400
Schaumburg, Illinois

Online registration closes May 19, 2017

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