Estimating shock spectra: Extensions beyond GEVS

Gordon L. Maahs, Takeru Igusa

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Shock response spectra (SRS) are the standard description of the vibration environment on spacecraft for equipment qualification. For shock events produced by pyrotechnic devices, SRS can have significant frequency content as high as 10 kHz. The General Environmental Verification Standard (GEVS) for GSFC Flight Programs and Projects provides a simple, empirically based method for approximating the SRS. It begins with a base SRS according to the type of pyrotechnic device, and then provides attenuation relations to adjust this SRS according to distance from the shock source, type of structural frame, and the properties of any structural joints between the source and equipment. In this paper we extend this SRS approach to include more detailed information about the spacecraft structure. We show how finite-element mode shapes can be used to explicitly calculate the attenuation relations. The derivations are based on random vibrations and wave concepts. We illustrate the extended GEVS approach with comparisons of experimentally determined SRS from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages25
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event25th Space Simulation Conference 2008, SSC 2008 - Annapolis, MD, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2008Oct 23 2008


Other25th Space Simulation Conference 2008, SSC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnnapolis, MD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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