Shock Testing

Shock testing is used to verify designs, production standards, or to replicate operating environments. Shock, at DynaQual Test Labs, is broken up into two major subsets; Classic and High Impact Drop shock testing. Classic shock produces a controlled profile at lower amplitude that can test a variety of pulse widths and accelerations on our ED Shakers. High Impact Drop shock is done using our VST Pneumatic Shock System and is capable of high amplitude acceleration.

Learn more about our capabilities and how we can help with your next reliability test below. 

Classic Shock

Electro-Dynamic shaker systems are also designed to produce controlled shock profiles. What is very attractive about using this method is that the shock G level and pulse duration can be programmed and controlled very well. The limitation in this method, however, is in the short displacement of the moving armature which reduces the velocity required for high impact pulses. This fit-for-purpose method still allows for a good range of accelerations, pulse widths and shapes, depending on the product mass and required G level. ED shakers are not equipped to shock test products with inputs >200g.


Figure 4: Profile of a classic shock.

High Impact Drop – Shock Testing

Many products are subjected to potentially damaging shock during transportation, handling and deployment. DynaQual provides advanced shock and drop testing with its high-impact pneumatic shock system.

This system provides a wide range of shock profiles with very short to moderately long pulse widths (0.5mSec to 10mSec.) The acceleration levels can also be applied, covering a broad range (10g to +1000g).

Pneumatic shock testers differ from free fall testers in that pressure assisted system aids in applying higher G forces without the requirement to raise the product to high levels. Like other drop test type systems, the VST shock tester uses various types of landing cushions to control the pulse width and drop distance and pressure settings to control the G levels.


Figure 5: Typical shock profile from the Pneumatic shock system.



MPA714 / M748A
ED Shaker w/ 2’x5’ Slip Table
15,400 Lb.-F

Vibration Research Controller

VR-9500 – 8 Channels

Pneumatic Shock Machine at DynaQual


Pneumatic Shock System

Don’t see a test you require? DynaQual offers numerous other testing services not mentioned to meet test specifications. DynaQual Test Labs can add custom services for specific projects that are not shown here or will turn-key the added service with a partner lab to provide a seamless offering to our customers. Please use the inquiry form in the Contact Us tab to submit your request.