Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advisor 1

Jason Blough

Advisor 2

Andrew Barnard

Committee Member 1

James DeClerck

Committee Member 2

Charles Van Karsen


Designing a resonant plate for shock test specifications involves an understanding of how a system will respond with a given set of input and output locations in all three directions. To investigate how to effectively change the off-axis responses to meet test specifications, a finite element model (FEM) was created and examinations of input location/angle of impact, placement of the test fixture, and placement of the impact pad were conducted. The primary tool used to determine how a structure will respond to a given input at a given output on the test structure was done using the shock response spectra (SRS). An analysis of the modal contribution to the shock response was executed and gives insight to the variations in response at different nodal points on the test fixture.