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Mechanical Impedance Methods For Vibration Simulation, Jeffrey Allen Gatscher Aug 1994

Mechanical Impedance Methods For Vibration Simulation, Jeffrey Allen Gatscher

Masters Theses

Realistic laboratory simulation of a system's field vibration environment has been of major concern to design and test engineers for many years. The usual practice of basing vibration design and test specifications on an envelope of the equipment base acceleration levels experienced in the field environment has often resulted in excessive levels of overtesting. This results from the large differences between the mechanical impedance of the vehicle structure and that of a fully equalized vibration shaker. Mechanical impedance effects occur naturally in a field environment. Including such effects in a laboratory vibration environment achieves more realistic conditions of similitude ...