Launch vehicle and spacecraft equipment must withstand pyrotechnic shock from stage separation and other flight events. Civil engineering structures and equipment must survive seismic events. There are many other examples where military, automotive, telecommunication and other equipment must be designed and tested to meet shock requirements derived from field or flight data. The likelihood that a structure or equipment piece will fail a shock environment is often expressed in terms of a severity threshold. The threshold may be expressed in terms of a base input or response level. The purpose of this paper is to compile severity acceleration and velocity thresholds for both equipment and buildings into a single document for comparison purposes.
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– Tom Irvine