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Shock and Vibration
Volume 11, Issue 3-4, Pages 145-156

Application of Wave Propagation to Pyroshock Analysis

M. Gherlone, D. Lomario, M. Mattone, and R. Ruotolo

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, Italy

Received 24 August 2004; Revised 24 August 2004

Copyright © 2004 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.


Pyroshocks are high frequency transients due to pyrotechnic devices used in aerospace engineering in order to deploy solar arrays and antennae, separate subsystems from the spacecraft or separate the spacecraft itself from the base stage booster; their prediction is usually complex and very time consuming.

The aim of this article is to investigate on the application of the analysis of transmission of waves in elastic media in order to predict the dynamic response to pyroshocks. The work is completed by numerical examples, related to components of common use in the aerospace engineering field, showing the comparison between results obtained by using both MSC-NASTRAN and this novel application of wave propagation analysis.