Mastering Mechanical Shock Measurement

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This training course is focused on the measurement of mechanical shock. The term shock, as used here, encompasses everything from the low-level shocks associated with package handling to the severe mechanical shocks associated with loadings due to metal-to-metal impact and/or explosives. General instrumentation requirements for dynamic measurements will be discussed first, followed by accelerometer design, accelerometer transduction technologies, accelerometer signal conditioning, accelerometer mounting, accelerometer cable considerations, accelerometer calibration, and data sampling and filtering. Some insight into data post processing techniques is also provided. The acceleration amplitude ranges considered extend from 10s of Gs to 100,000 Gs and the frequency ranges encompass 10s to tens of thousands of Hz.

Course outline     Who should attend?     Course materials    Instructor

Course outline

  • Mechanical shock definition/applications
  • Shock measurement system requirements
  • Shock accelerometer types/technologies
  • Shock accelerometer cabling, signal-conditioning, filtering
  • Shock accelerometer calibration
  • Mechanical shock data analysis/utilization

  • Who should attend?

  • Engineers and technicians who perform product shock qualification and/or measure mechanical component and system shock response in actual test environments.
  • Engineers and technicians who calibrate systems for or analyze the resulting data from mechanical shock testing.

    Course materials
    • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
    • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs
    Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs


    Dr. Patrick Walter