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WSMR maintains an extensive array of equipment available for shock testing. All shock tests can be remotely controlled to accommodate explosive and hazardous test items.

Shock Testing Using Electrodynamic Exciters - Electrodynamic exciters can be used to produce classical pulses (half-sine, saw-tooth, trapezoidal) and complex pulses using shock synthesis techniques. Repetitive transient and wide-band random with mixed shock pulses (transient) can also be produced.

Shock Machines - Shock tests which require classical high peak accelerations or large velocity changes can be accommodated on shock test machines. All shock test machines can be configured to provide half-sine, terminal peak saw-tooth, or square wave shock pulses. Three shock machines are available and are listed below:

Characteristic 12x12 Shock Machine1 36x36 Shock Machine2 60x60 Shock Machine3
  1. Typical shock tests range from 11 milliseconds @ 100 G’s to 35 milliseconds @ 15 G’s using long stroke gas programmer for half sine only.
  2. Typical shock tests range from 6 milliseconds @ 200 G’s to 13 milliseconds @ 100 G’s using four universal gas programmers.
  3. Typical shock tests include 11 milliseconds @ 35 G’s.
Table Mounting Surface 12 inches by 12 inches 36 inches by 36 inches 60 inches by 60 inches
Max. Specimen Height 14 inches Approximately 15 ft Approximately 15 ft
Max. Specimen Weight 2,000 pounds 4,500 pounds 5,500 pounds
Max. Acceleration 10,000 G (50 lb specimen) 1,500 G (1,000 lb specimen) 200 G
Min. Pulse Duration 0.2 milliseconds 1.0 milliseconds (1,000 lbs) 2 milliseconds
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