Practical Introduction to Vibration and Shock Testing

This course provides a practical introduction to vibration and shock testing. While basic theory is reviewed for enhancement of conceptual understanding, focus is on leading the practicing engineer or technician to clearly grasp of the types of vibration and shock that can be imparted to a product, sources of vibration and shock requirements, available test equipment, and correct interpretation of data.

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Course outline

  • Introduction
  • Vibration Concepts
    • Single Degree-of-Freedom (SDoF) Systems
    • Resonance
    • Damping and Transmissibility
    • Multiple Degree-of-Freedom (MDoF) Systems
  • Types of Vibration
    • Periodic vs. Stochastic
    • Sinusoidal
    • Random
    • Mixed Sinusoidal-on-Random and Random-on-Random
  • Types of Shock
    • Classical (Half Sine, Terminal Peak Sawtooth, etc.)
    • Complex (Oscillatory, Pyrotechnic, etc.)
    • Shock Response Spectrum
    • Impact
    • Gunfire
  • Requirements
    • Vibration Requirements
      • Product Specifications (DO-160, MIL-STD-810, etc.)
      • Production Screening (ESS/HASS)
      • Reliability Testing
    • Shock Requirements
      • Product Specifications (DO-160, MIL-STD-810, etc.)
    • Vibration and Shock Testing
      • Exciters/Shakers
      • Controllers
      • Sensors
      • Types of Vibration Tests
      • Fixtures
    • Understanding Vibration and Shock Test Data
      • Shock Time History
      • Spectrum/Frequency-Domain
        • Acceleration/Power Spectral Density
        • Shock Response Spectrum
        • Pseudo-Velocity Shock
        • Fourier Analysis
      • Reading Vibration Plots
      • Extracting Critical Information
      • Understanding Trends

Who should attend?

  • Engineers and Technicians involved with vibration analysis and testing
  • Managers and Supervisors in charge of personnel involved with vibration related projects
Course materials
  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs available upon request
Continuing Education Units: .9 CEUs


Nick Clinkinbeard

Next dates and locations

March 6-7, 2024
March 6: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., March 7: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central Time

IEST Training Center
1821 Walden Office Square
1st Floor Conference Room
Schaumburg, Illinois

or available virtually

Early-bird registration ends January 16. Use coupon code EB3DYN2024 to save 10%.
Online registration closes February 28th
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