Fundamentals of Multi-Shaker and Multi-Axis Dynamic Testing

Developments in improved dynamic testing have pointed out the need for testing in multiple axes and on larger structures and assemblies. This class is designed for experienced dynamics managers and engineers and covers the fundamentals for designing and conducting a multi shaker/multis axis test.  Highlights include:

1.  Identifying design risks associated with structures with complex mode vulnerabilities

2.  Developing a complex dynamic mode test plan

3.  Multi shaker vs. multi axis

4.   Selecting  or constructing multi-shaker test equipment

5.  Understanding matrix dynamics and coherence

6.  Building a multi-shaker test lab

7.  Conducting a multi-shaker/multi-axis test


Robert (Andy) Anderson

Andy Anderson has over 35 years experience in the test industry, most recently serving as Dynamics Manager for NTS in El Segundo. His work experience includes contributions to the Ground Combat Systems Division of BAE Systems, where he served as Test Manager on the FCS program, B.F. Goodrich as test engineer, and Hughes Helicopters as flight engineer. Andy began his career as a test technician and engineer at Wyle Laboratories. Andy has a BSEE from Tufts University and has done graduate work in control theory and business management at Northrop University and Mankato State University. Andy is a 30 year member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) where he served in many positions, including President of the Institute in 2004. Andy serves on many test committees and is a standing member of DETEC, the governing body for Mil-STD 810G where he is the recognized SME for a number of the test methods. Andy teaches courses on shock and vibration test techniques and test management.


April 6, 2023
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Central Time

Registration Information

(through April 4)
(based on availability after April 4)
Member: $98
Non-member: $158
Member: $123
Non-member: $183


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