The purpose of this Handbook, IEST-RD-DTE012.2, is to provide guidelines for acquiring and analyzing structural (or mechanical) shock and vibration, and acoustic and aerodynamic noise data from flight and ground tests for all categories of aerospace vehicles. The guidelines may also be used for dynamic measurements on a variety of ground and sea transportation vehicles, industrial machinery, and civil engineering structures (e.g., the response of buildings to earthquake loads). The objectives of the guidelines are to ensure the accuracy and reduce the errors and variability often associated with the acquisition and analysis of dynamic data. Specific procedures are provided unless they are highly dependent on the particular applications or instruments utilized. The ultimate goal is to make accurate measurements of the dynamic phenomenon of interest, without that or any other phenomenon influencing the measurement process.

First printing, August 2006 (Supersedes previous versions, including IEST-RP-DTE012.1)

Handbook for Dynamic Data Acquisition and Analysis was prepared by Working Group 012 of the IEST Design, Test, and Evaluation Division (WG-DTE012).