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Shock and Vibration
Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 195-210

Ruggedizing Printed Circuit Boards Using a Wideband Dynamic Absorber

V.C. Ho, A.M. Veprik, and V.I. Babitsky

Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK

Received 14 November 2001; Revised 28 November 2002

Copyright © 2003 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The existing approaches to ruggedizing inherently fragile and sensitive critical components of electronic equipment such as printed circuit boards (PCB) for use in hostile industrial and military environment are either insufficient or expensive. This paper addresses a novel approach towards ruggedizing commercial-off-the-shelf PCBs using a miniature wideband dynamic absorber. The optimisation technique used relies on the experimentally measured vibration spectra and complex receptance of the original PCB.

The analytical study and full-scale experiment show that an optimised wideband dynamic absorber with the mass of only 15% relative to the total mass of the PCB is quite capable of the essential suppression of all relevant resonant responses of the PCB under shock, wideband random and sinusoidal vibration with variable frequency.