Fundamentals of Shock Testing

This course provides a practical introduction to shock testing. Although some theory is reviewed, the primary focus of the class is to lead the practicing engineer or technician to clearly grasp of the types of shock that can be imparted to a product, sources of shock requirements, available shock test equipment, and correct interpretation of data.

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 Course outline

  • Introduction
  • Sources of Mechanical Shock
  • Types of Shock
    • Classical (Half Sine, Terminal Peak Sawtooth, etc.)
    • Complex (Oscillatory, Pyrotechnic, etc.)
    • Shock Response Spectrum
    • Impact
    • Gunfire
  • Shock Requirements
    • Product Specifications (DO-160, MIL-STD-810, etc.)
  • Shock Testing Methods
    • Mechanical (Pneumatic, Hydraulic, Free-Fall, etc.)
    • Shaker (Classical Pulse, Shock Response Spectrum, Time History Replication)
    • Drop Testing (Transportation Drop, Bench Handling)
    • Specialty (Pyrotechnic, Ballistic, MIL-S-901D, etc.)
    • Shock Fixture Design
  • Shock Measuring and Data Reduction Methodologies
    • Sensors
    • Shock Time History
    • Spectrum/Frequency-Domain
      • Shock Response Spectrum
      • Pseudo-Velocity Shock
      • Fourier Analysis

Who should attend?

  • Test engineers
  • Program managers
  • Dynamic test technicians

Course materials

  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs

Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs


Ben Shank

Next date and location

No dates currently scheduled.

Registration information

Buy 3 Get 1 Free! Register three attendees from your company for the same training course and receive a complimentary fourth registration for another person in your company to attend that course. Contact IEST at 847-981-0100 to arrange this option. (Complimentary registration applies to registration of equal or lesser value. Not valid with any other offers or promotions.)

Registration Fees Regular



  • Transfers: All registrations are transferable to another person for the same event A $35 transfer fee applies. Transfer of a member registration to a nonmember registration will be charged the difference in fees.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation requests received 60 days or more prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund LESS a $75 administration fee. Cancellation requests received 30-59 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 30 days prior to the start of the event. IEST reserves the right to cancel course(s), in which case registrants will receive a refund of the fee. IEST is not responsible for any refund or remuneration for hotel, transportation, additional registration fees, tours, or other expenses related to attendance beyond the registration fee refund.
  • Program and instructor(s) are subject to change.
  • All registrations include morning and afternoon breaks and lunch. Includes certificate of attendance, and .6 CEUs.
  • Payment must accompany registration; there is no invoicing. IEST does not accept purchase orders as a method of payment.
  • All member dues must be current at the time of registration to qualify for the member rates.
  • All education training courses earn Continuing Education Units.

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