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Shock Testing Facility

It is imperative that equipment and systems within an operational warship have a proven reliability to operate during hostile engagements, and that any installation is fit for purpose and does not compromise other systems or endanger the crew. Our specialist dynamic shock test service provides the most representative method of equipment and system shock qualification for shipboard installation.


  • Specialist UK facility can cater for International customers designing to NATO/UK standards
  • Expert impartial advice and failure feedback
  • Effective and representative shock events
  • Tests meet NATO and national design requirements
  • Two high-speed colour video cameras with HD resolution up to 4000fps
  • Instrumentation and data analysis records

Unique selling points

Most tests conducted in the Towing Tank employ constrained models attached to the carriage structure through a variety of bespoke rigs, each chosen to suit the application, with the carriage capable of acceleration at up to 1.1m/s2.

The facility is equipped with a test preparation area, a large dry dock and a 2-tonne crane. The carriage features specialist seating and an experimenters’ console from which customers can observe performance during test programmes.

Technical features

  • Tests satisfy, MAP01-470, BR8470 & BR3021, DefStan 08-123 Data Sheet 27 & 28, NATO Stanag 4549, other Design Shock Response Spectrums (DSRS)
  • Deck shock machine – simulates the shock experienced by equipment on ships’ decks and bulkheads that are remote from the ship bottom:
  • Payload up to 900kg, acceleration up to 900ms-2 depending on payload
  • Two-tonne shock machine – simulates the time and motion parameters associated with the hull and bulkhead environment of ships and submarines:
  • Table size 2300mm x 1100mm, acceleration 2000ms-2 up to 2000kg payload
  • Instrumentation and data analysis records

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