2021 Course Dates

Planning of course dates and locations is currently on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic. This course will resume as an in-person event when safe and practical to do so; there are currently no plans to hold virtual courses.


Quick Info

- Three Day Course

- $1,825 per student

- Contact Lauren Yancey for additional details


Mechanical Shock Testing & Data Analysis

Mechanical Shock may be defined as a sudden change in velocity and is a major design consideration for a wide variety of systems. The structural response to mechanical shock must be measured and characterized during the engineering development of these systems so that they will survive all environments during their service lifetime. These environments may include (but are not limited to): handling and transportation shocks, shocks during system delivery to a target, and shock originating from an explosive or pyrotechnic event. These different shock environments have a velocity change range from about 1 meter per second to 51 meters per second (40 - 2000 ips).  Conversely acceleration magnitudes range from <1 g in earthquakes to 200,000 g in differentiated LDV measured pyroshocks.

This course will provide a comprehensive treatment of mechanical shock test techniques and data analysis for shocks from 100g to 200,000g. Mechanical shock instrumentation from low frequency techniques for underwater explosions (digitally filtered at 250 Hz as required by the US Navy) to high frequency techniques for ballistic shock will be reviewed in detail along with the techniques and data analyses to evaluate the instrumentation measuring these shocks.  This course is highly recommended for all lead technicians and managers of environmental test laboratories.  Managers and engineers on projects requiring shock testing will benefit greatly.

Mechanical shock test techniques from package testing to conventional mechanical shock machines to pyroshock simulations and Hopkinson bar techniques will be presented.  Design procedures for mechanical shock equipment will be discussed in detail.  Where possible, theoretical bases for mechanical shock test techniques are provided.  Mechanical shock data analysis and interpretation will be a major focus of all presentations and discussions and will include shock data examination and editing as well as interpolation, trend removal, and integration with MATLAB.  This course includes the state-of-the-art shock data evaluation techniques to detect “BAD” data, techniques to salvage “BAD” data and requirement for data acquisition systems to collect “GOOD” data.



Dr. Vesta I. Bateman
Dr. Bateman is a mechanical shock specialist and retired from Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque , New Mexico after twenty-seven years of service.  She was the Facility Leader for the Mechanical Shock Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories where she was responsible for a wide spectrum of mechanical shock testing including drop table, Hopkinson bar, horizontal pneumatic actuator, rocket rail, live pyroshock, and pyroshock simulation shock tests.  She has developed a unique shock isolator for a high shock, high frequency accelerometer as well as the test techniques and data analyses required to evaluate accelerometers and isolated accelerometers.  These technologies have been transferred to industry through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA’s).  Dr. Bateman also developed high frequency Hopkinson bar testing with bars made of beryllium and a technique for reconstruction of dynamic forces from accelerometer measurements to assess material crush characteristics.  A paper by Dr. Bateman and her co-authors won the 1992 Henry Pusey Best Paper Award at the Shock and Vibration Symposium. She was awarded the IEST Edward O. Szymkowiak Award in 2003 for her leadership in Pyroshock Testing. She is the author of two chapters in Harris’ Shock and Vibration Handbook, the ISO Secondary Shock Calibration Standard, and the IEST Pyroshock Testing Recommended Practice as well as over 100 journal and conference papers and reports.  Dr. Bateman has a Ph.D from University of Arizona and taught for four years at Virginia Tech at the beginning of her career.


Introduction to Mechanical Shock

Mechanical Shock Instrumentation and Measurement

Certification of Shock

Instrumentation/Measurement devices

Time and Frequency Domain Shock Specifications

Shock Analysis using the Acceleration

Shock Response Spectrum

Revolutionary Treatment of Pyroshock with the Pseudo Velocity Shock  spectrum

Data Acquisition System Calibration/Use

MATLAB Data Analysis

Conventional Shock Testing Machines

For Components and Full Scale Systems

Navy Mechanical Shock Machines

Pyroshock Testing and Simulation

Component Pyroshock Simulations Including Apparatus and Fixture Design

Accelerometer, MEMS, and Materials Evaluations

Hopkinson Bar theory, Materials, Configuration and Certifications   

Commercial Laser Doppler Vibrometer use and Certification

Uncertainty Analysis

Complete details of Pseudo Velocity Shock Spectra (PVSS) technology and applications including the following:

PVSS on four coordinate paper (4CP) defines Shock severity level

Severe shock frequency range defined by the PVSS plateau

PVSS measurement of shock isolation protection

Maximum modal stress given by the PVSS

PVSS measurement of filtering;   fast digital filter

PVSS calculation ramp invariant filter theory

Shock polarity measurement with the damped PVSS

Converting SRS plots to approximate PVSS for severity evaluation

PVSS analysis of all simple shocks shows them all equally severe

Continuous systems maximum stress from PVSS

Max modal velocity is proportional max modal stress

Evaluation of equipment shock fragility

Damage capacity you are hidden by data filtering

Review and Wrap-up Sessions


Course Syllabus by request

Registration & Fees

The Registration Fee  is $1,825 per student.  The registration is transferable to any person in the same organization. The fee includes a comprehensive set of course notes, a compilation of papers by Instructors Bateman and Gaberson,  a text book entitled Shock Data Analysis by Rudolph J. Scavuzzo and Henry C. Pusey, a Certificate of completion worth 3 CEUs*, as well as a Continental Breakfast, Lunch and coffee breaks daily. 

*CEUs may vary be state and/or association granting accreditation.

NOTE: Registrants for each course will be provided details about the course location and hotel(s) as soon as the course is firmly scheduled.            


For registration and/or payment instruction contact:
Lauren Yancey
P: 434.214.0590  
F: 678.3


About Company

The Shock and Vibration Exchange was founded in 2012 in order to serve as a clearing house for persons interested in shock and vibration and related specialties.




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