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Considerations When Selecting Shock Equipment

We ultimately recommend the most suitable system configuration for every testing application based on two important criteria:

  • The size of your largest test item
  • The performance capability needed to meet your testing needs

Test Item Size

Each customer has unique requirements for their dynamic testing equipment.  It is important to know the size and weight of test items to correctly configure the appropriate testing equipment. The size of your largest test item will help determine the table surface area. The maximum payload will help determine the shock system performance category.

Performance Capability

Shock testing levels vary significantly depending on the product you are evaluating or the conditions you are simulating. The two most important shock performance criteria are velocity change and acceleration level. It is also important to know the shock pulse waveforms—half sine, sawtooth, or trapezoidal.

Shock pulse waveform plot.

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