Component Shock and Vibration Testing

At a glance

Millbrook conducts component shock and vibration tests for vehicle manufacturers and non-automotive OEMs to support in-house development projects and product validation sign off.

Vehicle component shock and vibration testing laboratory at Millbrook Proving Ground
Vehicle component vibration testing rigs at Millbrook. Closeup of interior vibration test.

Where required, testing may be conducted in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, within the limitations of Millbrook’s schedule of accreditation. This can be found on the UKAS website.

Vehicle component shock and vibration testing laboratory at Millbrook Proving Ground

Shock and vibration testing at Millbrook in the UK helps vehicle and component manufacturers to validate their CAE model analysis with a physical component. Vibration tests assess product quality and robustness during the development stage of a program, prior to committing to production tooling and manufacturing processes.

Shock and Vibration Test Services

Component vibration tests are available in sine sweep, shaped sine, random, resonance dwell, road load data and classic shock using a range of electromagnetic shakers. A slip table can be incorporated to allow lateral and longitudinal axis vibration tests to be conducted on a sample, while it’s still mounted in its in-vehicle orientation.

Maximum thrust values of up to 2,500kgf and a maximum frequency range of up to 2,250Hz are possible on the electromagnetic shakers. Peak acceleration values of 75g sine and 60g random are achievable.


Vibration Test Shakers

The vibration test capabilities within Millbrook’s Component Test Laboratory are further enhanced by two Team Cube six-axis hydraulic shakers. With a maximum payload of 500kgf and a dynamic force of 62kN in each axis, vibration test components and systems can be mounted on the head expander (measuring 1.5m x 1.5m). This is all conducted within an environmental chamber with a temperature range of -40°C to +120°C and humidity of up to 98%RH.

Vibration tests can also be combined with temperature and humidity conditioning, actuation and cycling of subsystems and components. Millbrook’s engineers assist customers in selecting and defining appropriate shock and vibration tests for their components. Customer confidentiality is ensured at all times and specific areas of the laboratory can be screened off as required.