Designing for Shock Resistance

by Ray Magner, Chf. Engr., General Mgr.; Vibration Mountings and Controls Inc., Bloomingdale, NJ,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 10, Pg. 63-65

Document Type: Feature article


If a product or structure is subject to shock loadings, and is unable to take them without unacceptable damage, it must be insulated from the shock. The decision may be to redesign the product or structure, partially protect it from shock, or totally isolate it. This article provides an introduction to shock design, and has two nomographs to aid the engineer. The first permits determining peak acceleration, if you know drop height and rise time. The second permits determining deflection rate and stiffness.

Subject Headings: Load and resistance factor design | Permits | Load factors | Damage (structural) | Building insulation | Stiffening | Structural deflection | Displacement (mechanics)

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