Vibration testing mimics the conditions that a product or structure might see during its lifetime while under a test environment. Vibration testing can be used to ensure that products are robust and perform safely during operation or transit, avoiding unexpected performance or early life failure in field.
Element has extensive experience in vibration testing services and our vibration laboratories feature electro-dynamic and servo-hydraulic systems that can replicate low and high frequency conditions. Vibration testing can be completed while the product is in operation, including electrically and hydraulically, and can be performed in combination with temperature extremes.
From the smallest component to the largest and most challenging aerospace and military test programs, our Engaged Experts can ensure that your product is tested and qualified to the highest standards for your given market. Utilizing state of the art control systems, we can perform field data replication as well as impart specified test levels to meet your requirements and ensure that the test specimen is up to the task.
Meeting challenging requirements
Element’s vibration testing services across the US and Europe help companies meet the latest defense, aerospace, transportation and commercial requirements, including:
- Resonance Search & Dwell
- Narrow Band Random on Random
- Sine-on Random
- Combined Temperature and Vibration
- Helicopter Rotor Frequency Simulation
- Gunfire Simulation
- Blade-off vibration (engine fan blade loss and windmilling)
Vibration Testing Specifications
ASTM C192 / C192M, ASTM D395, ASTM D4169, ASTM E587, ASTM D999, ASTM D4728, ASTM D4169
BellCore GR-63-CORE 5.4.2, 5.4.3
British Standards Institute
BS EN 60068-2 Series (-6, 50, 51, 53, 64), BS EN61373, BS EN 50155
California OSHPD Code Application Notice (US)
Defence Standard (UK)
DEF STAN 00-35, DEF STAN 08-123
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE 344, IEEE 693, ASCE 7-10, AC 156, GR-63-CORE
International Code Council
International Electromechanical Commission
IEC 68-2-59, Test Fe, IEC 68-2-34, Test Fd, IEC 68-2-35, Test Fda, IEC 68-2-6, Test Fc, IEC 60945, Section 8.7, IEC 60079-29 (-1, 4)
International Organization for Standardization
ISO 1940-1, ISO 10816-1/6
International Safe Transit Association
ISTA 1B, ISTA 1C, ISTA 1E, ISTA 2A, ISTA 2B, ISTA 2D, ISTA 3A (3C,3D), ISTA 3F, ISTA 3G, ISTA 7B, ISTA 7D
Japanese Industrial Standards
JIS D 1601
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association
General Motors Worldwide
Military Standard (US)
MIL-STD- 167, MIL-STD-202 E/F/G (Method 201), MIL-STD-202 E/F/G (Method 204), MIL-STD-202 E/F/G (Method 214), MIL-E 5272, MIL-STD-810 E/F/G (Methods 514, 519), MIL-STD 883 G/H (Method 2005), MIL-STD 883 G/H (Method 2007), MIL-STD 1344 A Method 2005)
Netherlands Standardization Institute
Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics
RTCA DO-160 E/F/G, RTCA DO-227 6/23/1995 Sec. 2.3.1
SAE J1211, SAE J1455, SAE J1810
United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
UN ST/SG/AC.10/11/Rev.5 Para. 126.96.36.199
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure
VDI 2057-1,2, VDI 2059-1,3,4,5
Our Vibration Testing Equipment
From electro-dynamic to hydraulic and mechanical systems, Element’s vibration testing equipment offers a state-of-the-art solution to your most challenging requirements.
Electro-dynamic vibration testing systems
- Slip plates allowing for 3-axis independent testing
- High displacement
- Up to 40,000 force pounds of thrust
- Multiple response channels
Hydraulic and mechanical vibration testing systems
Ideal for low frequency, high displacement testing such as:
- Transportation vibration on fully loaded pallets
- All ISTA requirements for shock and vibration including: Vertical-linear, random with and without top loads, fixed-displacement
- Seismic Qualification
- Office Vibration on Rack mount Telecom equipment. (GR-487 and 63-CORE)
Our Vibration Testing Methods
Element’s team of vibration testing experts can tailor a solution to fit your specific needs, from shock and seismic simulation to combined environmental testing and bounce testing.
Shock, specifically, refers to sudden mechanical or physical acceleration or deceleration due to an impact, explosion or drop. It is measured by an accelerometer in the laboratory with engineers using vibration and shock testing systems to simulate transportation and service platform environments. Read More
Combined Temperature and Vibration
By combining the effects of extreme temperature conditions and vibration patterns simultaneously, Element's environmental test experts are able to evaluate results faster with labs featuring a wide variety of electro-dynamic, seismic and hydraulic vibration test systems that can be paired with a thermal chamber for combined temperature and vibration testing. Read More
We assist manufacturers with shock and vibration tests that replicate stresses induced during transportation of a secured cargo, and bounce testing which simulates an environment of loose cargo in wheeled vehicle transit.
Seismic testing is carried out to ensure that safety critical equipment continues to perform during and after a seismic event. Seismic testing is designed to assess the performance of essential non-structural systems by subjecting them to strong ground shaking such as that resulting from earthquakes or nearby railways, airports, power plants and other possible causes of movement or vibrations. Read More
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