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Shock and vibration testing

Our shock and vibration testing solutions range from intuitive tools for routine vibration qualification testing to advanced systems for spacecraft qualification.

Reproduce realistic environmental conditions

Certification and qualification of products require specific dynamic tests whereby external excitation – shock, vibration and noise – is applied. In these tests, excitation systems reproduce the realistic environmental conditions that products are subject to, such as shocks during transportation, vibrations during operation, or extreme launch conditions. 

Our end-to-end solution for shock and vibration testing integrates an effective, high-speed multi-channel closed-loop shaker control system with parallel data acquisition and powerful analysis capabilities. It is a very intuitive tool for routine random, shock, sine, and combined modes testing. It features comprehensive time data replication applications, advanced functionalities for multi-axis vibration testing and acoustic field control, and is perfectly safe for vibration and acoustic qualification of space systems. Functionalities for test definition and analysis complement the offering.

Acoustic qualification testing for space hardware

Noise levels generated at launch can reach 146 decibels (dB) or higher which can cause structural damage and ultimately jeopardize functionality of the payload. Learn how Simcenter can help you engineer mission success with dynamic environmental testing of space hardware.

Shock and vibration testing capabilities

High-channel count data acquisition

Our rack-based laboratory data acquisition systems combine expandable channel count with reliable high-speed throughput performance. Employ them for independent monitoring or to add multiple channels to an existing vibration controller. Our solutions record, analyze and reduce vibration, acoustic or shock data in real time, using the hardware configuration that best fits your needs.

Simcenter SCADAS hardware device.

MIMO vibration testing

MIMO vibration testing improves test efficiency as it allows simultaneously excites all vibration axes. It increases test confidence by applying realistic vibration environments. Our advanced MIMO vibration control testing solutions embed robust adaptive control algorithms to accurately replicate multiple reference profiles (time or frequency) using several exciters.

Equipment used for the multi-axis vibration testing.

Acoustic environmental testing

Before launch, extensive testing is required to understand whether the vulnerable spacecraft can survive the intense acoustic loads under the fairing during launch and liftoff. Our innovative closed-loop control solutions allow you to confidently perform acoustic tests in reverberation rooms and direct field environments. It provides secure, traceable, efficient and smart control capabilities to ensure maximum hardware protection and to achieve the desired acoustic levels as specified in the launch vehicle manual.

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Rocket launch.

Test definition and analysis

Our dynamic environmental testing solutions embed a wide range of solutions for test definition and analysis. Define a realistic and accelerated test program to help reproduce field failures, perform shock response spectrum analysis to analyze shock data, or reduce vibration data of hundreds of channels using offline data reduction.

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Vibration control testing

Shock and vibration control testing helps engineers certify and qualify products, ensuring they properly operate under external conditions. Our intuitive vibration qualification testing solution provides accurate closed-loop shaker control for standard sine, random and shock excitation. It provides comprehensive capabilities for the replication of time data or combined tests. It is also scalable to engineering needs with powerful analysis tools to get more insights out of test data.

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Case study

Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space partners with Siemens to explore new tools and methods for acoustic testing in the space industry. Their project delivered the unmatched performance of generating a 147 decibels direct sound field.

Thales Alenia Space partners with Siemens to explore new tools and methods for acoustic testing in the space industry
Case Study

Thales Alenia Space partners with Siemens to explore new tools and methods for acoustic testing in the space industry

Company:Thales Alenia Space

Industry:Aerospace & defense

Location:Toulouse, France

Siemens Software:Simcenter 3D Solutions, Simcenter Testing Solutions

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