In product qualification programs, shock testing is used to measure the impact of sudden acceleration caused by explosion, drop, or collision. Our labs perform shock testing to prepare products for harsh industrial, transportation and military environments. 

Shock test procedure 

Though sometimes compared to vibration testing, shock uses a specific type of force to simulate real-world use. Using an accelerometer to calculate speed and force, components are subjected to loads up to 50,000 g for less than one second. Our labs then evaluate the product for damage and stress, and to ensure that it can meet the demands of its work environment.

Element’s team of experts perform testing to a variety of industrial and military standards, including RTCA DO-160, MIL-STD-810, DEF STAN 00-35, and EN 60068. Our engineers can also support complex or custom projects by assisting with protocol development or specification selection. 

Shock and bounce testing

Element's shock and bounce testing services provide the data you need to simulate transportation conditions, ensure product safety and equipment function in extreme environments, and replicate in-service conditions.

    • Speed range - Up to 5000 Hz 
    • Environment - Shock force up to 210 G
    • Capacity - Up to 15,000 lbs force

Shock testing methods

Shock tests are used to measure the impact of sudden acceleration caused by a collision, drop, or explosion to simulate the conditions a product can face in its lifetime. Our labs are able to perform multiple types of mechanical shock testing requirements. Some of the methods that we routinely test include:

    • Operational shock and crash safety
    • Gunfire simulation
    • Half sine (shock pulse) testing
    • Decaying sine wave testing
    • Bump/shock testing
    • Thermal shock testing
    • Shock and impulse testing
    • Drop testing
    • Impact testing

For projects that require specialized set-ups, our experts can assist in creating a test plan that will best suit your needs. Let us know if you have a specific project in mind.

Why choose Element for shock testing?

As a global platform of labs, we have the expertise and capacity to provide accurate results on-time and within budget. Our engaged experts understand the time-critical nature of qualification testing, and are a single-source provider for dependable testing and certification.

Element is your testing partner of choice for even the most challenging projects. For more information about our shock testing capabilities, contact our experts today

American Society for Testing & Materials

ASTM E488, ASTM D4169, ASTM D4332, ASTM D5276

British Standards

BS EN 60068, BS EN 50155

Civil Aviation Standards


Deutches Institut fur Normung

DIN EN 60068, DIN EN 61373

European Telecommunications Standards Institute

ETSI EN 300 19-2

International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC 60068, IEC 68-2, IEC 61373, IEC 60945

Military Standards

MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD-883, MIL-STD-1344, MIL-DTL-901E, DEF STAN 00-35, DEF STAN 07-55, DEF STAN 08-123

Society for Automotive Engineers

SAE J1211, SAE J1455



United Nations

UN ST/SG/AC.10/11


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