Force Reconstruction for Impact Tests

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V. I. Bateman, T. G. Carne, D. L. Gregory

Experimental Mechanics Department, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM 87185

S. W. Attaway

Engineering Analysis Department, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM 87185

H. R. Yoshimura

Transportation System Development Department, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM 87185

J. Vib. Acoust 113(2), 192-200 (Apr 01, 1991) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930169 History: Received June 01, 1989; Online June 17, 2008


Two force reconstruction techniques were used to evaluate the impact test of a scale model nuclear transportation cask dropped 30 ft. onto an unyielding target. The two techniques are: the sum of weighted acceleration technique (SWAT) and the deconvolution technique (DECON). A brief description and the calibration of the techniques as applied to the cask are presented. For the impact test, both techniques yielded very similar resultant forces and provided more accurate definition of the force-time history for the cask than is available from conventional data reduction methods. An applied moment, measurement previously unobtainable from conventional accelerometer data reduction techniques, was determined with SWAT. The angular velocity calculated with SWAT was verified with photometric measurements.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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