The Science and Engineering of Mechanical Shock

  • Carl Sisemore
  • Vít Babuška

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  3. Carl Sisemore, Vít Babuška
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  14. Back Matter
    Pages 345-362

About this book


This book fills a unique position in the literature as a dedicated mechanical shock analysis book. Because shock events can be extremely damaging, mechanical shock is an important topic for engineers to understand. This book provides the reader with the tools needed to quantitatively describe shock environments and their damage potential on aerospace, civil, naval and mechanical systems. The authors include the relevant history of how shock testing and analysis came to its current state and a discussion of the different types of shock environments typically experienced by systems. Development of single-degree-of-freedom theory and the theory of the shock response spectra are covered, consistent with treatment of shock spectra theory in the literature. 

What is unique is the expansion to other types of spectra including less common types of shock spectra and energy spectra methods using fundamental principles of structural dynamics. In addition, non-spectral methods are discussed with their applications. Non-spectral methods are almost completely absent from the current books on mechanical shock. Multi-degree-of-freedom shock spectra and multi-degree-of-freedom testing are discussed and the theory is developed. Addressing an emerging field for laboratory shock testing, the authors bring together information currently available only in journals and conference publications. 

The volume is ideal for engineers, structural designers, and structural materials fabricators needing a foundation to practically analyze shock environments and understand their role in structural design. 

  • Presents mechanical shock from a structural dynamics perspective
  • Adopts a flexible structure supporting use as a reference for practicing engineers as well as a textbook for students of mechanical shock
  • Sheds light on less common and less well-understood spectra techniques, energy spectra methods, and non-spectral methods 
  • Maximizes reader understanding of multi-degree-of-freedom shock spectra and multi-degree-of-freedom testing
  • Facilitates easy implementation computational analysis with algorithms and pseudo-code
  • Includes the history of mechanical shock analysis and testing up to the present


Mechanical Shock Shock Analysis Shock Design Shock Response Spectra energy spectra methods non-spectral methods

Authors and affiliations

  • Carl Sisemore
    • 1
  • Vít Babuška
    • 2
  1. 1.AlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.AlbuquerqueUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-12102-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-12103-7
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