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ATI's Shock and Vibration Analysis:
Control, Measurement, and Test Techniques course

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    Shock and Vibration conditions are often the most destructive factors present in demanding operating environments. Developing hardware to survive all the shock and vibration conditions potentially encountered by military hardware presents serious challenges. The purpose of this course is to convey a practical approach to meeting those challenges. This three day course provides a comprehensive treatment of the sources of shock and vibration (S&V) damage, methods of measuring and gathering ”life cycle” S&V information, and how to develop and execute military hardware tests. Both basic and advanced test and techniques will be addressed. The key components of test planning, analysis and execution will be addressed. S&V analysis techniques, sensors, test machines, control methods, and troubleshooting techniques will be covered. The information presented will be reinforced by case examples and exercises. Throughout the course, information will be grounded by real world “exemplars” of competent test engineering practice, providing practical approaches to applying the course material.


    Robert L (Andy) Anderson has worked in the fields of military and commercial shock and vibration for the past thirty five years. He has successfully supported the test and development requirements of dozens of sea, air, and land, systems from all the U.S. military services. Andy has extensive knowledge of all phases and levels of test, from component evaluation to full system integration and field testing. Andy is a Senior Member and Past President of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST), and is the author of numerous papers related to test and test management. He currently serves as the Dynamics Test Manager for Wyle Laboratories in El Segundo, California, USA, qualifying a large variety of components and systems for the aviation and space industry. Andy is active in the test standards community serving on the standing committee for maintenance of Mil STD-810G and in numerous test related working groups.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Principles of S&V dynamics (with a little math), and its effects on hardware and system performance. The different S&V testing techniques (eg. single-degree/multiple-degree of freedom systems)
  • A spectrum of practical methods used to measure shock and vibration analysis
  • Application of traditional and innovative test equipment used to measure and test S&V , including multi-axis shakers, transient shock plates, MIMO controllers, and advanced sensors
  • Appropriate techniques to identify, measure, test, monitor and control shock and vibration A variety of control methods to accurately replicate or simulate S&V hardware dynamics.
  • Practical Lessons Learned: Insights into successes and failures of shock and vibration analysis through discussion of real-world case studies
  • From this course you will obtain the understanding of how to leverage collaborative modeling and simulation to develop requirements and analyze complex information-intensive systems engineering problems within an integrated requirements development and testing process.

Course Outline:

    Day 1 – Theory, Analysis, and Life cycles

    1. Introduction. Introduction to the tutorial “Exemplar - Sources and damage potential of S&V

    2. A Mathematical introduction to S&V - Basic fatigue/damage theory - A fatigue exercise

    3. Shock and Vibration Measurement and Analysis. - Acceleration measurements –the accelerometer - Sine and random vibration – the PSD - Classical and transient shock – the SRS

    4. Developing the S&V Life Cycle of Hardware - Building a life cycle matrix - Life Cycle exercise = Class Questions & Discussion

    Day 2 – Test Planning, Facilities, And Equipment

    5. Developing S&V Test Plans and Procedures - Using Mil-STD 810 - Creating test procedures from field data

    6. Major S&V Test Equipment - The classics : Shakers and drop shock machines - Advanced – multi-axis shakers and explosive plates - A facility choice exercise

    7. S&V Sensors - More about the accelerometer - Alternative sensors - Cables , filters, and amplifiers

    8. S&V Control Theory - The control loop- theory and practice - Advanced control - MIMO - A S&V control exercise =Class Questions & Discussion

    Day 3 - Test Execution and Advanced Analysis

    9. Executing an S&V Qualification Test - a real life example, complete with problems

    10. Safety – People, Products, Facilities - Building the facilities, people, and process

    11. Handling Test Problems and Troubleshooting - Why do products and tests fail? - Hardware failure mitigation methods - Performing S&V failure analysis - FMECA

    12. Advanced Analytical Techniques and Measures - S&V Modeling and Simulation- ANSYS and DDAM - Advanced shock analysis and Psuedovelocity - An SRS development exercise

    13. Conclusion – Where Are We Going From Here? = Class Questions & Discussion


    Tuition for this two and one three-day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to