Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

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In the field of mechanical shock testing, there are many instances where the responsive motions of linear undamped and lightly damped lumped spring-mass systems must be determined. If a model representing the system to be tested is available, it is possible to determine the responsive motion by several different approaches. Most of these methods require solving the differential equation of motion in some manner. Among the more common methods of solving the differential equation are the classical solution, the use of Laplace transforms, and various graphical techniques. All of these methods, however, require that a model of the system under test be available and that the parameters (such as the mass, spring constant and damping) of the system be known.

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Electrical Engineering

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First Committee Member (Chair)

Donald Childress Thorn

Second Committee Member

James Charles Wambold

Third Committee Member

Shlomo Karni