The Department’s vibration facility comprises an integrated 16kN Ling Dynamics Systems shaker and slip table. The shaker was used to qualify Cassini and HIRDLS subsystems and components such as the gyro electronics unit shown below, left. More recently, fibre assemblies for LISA Pathfinder; the CMS for TechDemoSat-1 and numerous tests of the SEIS-SP development and flight models have been performed.
The shaker is in a dedicated room and can be configured for cleanliness levels compatible with ISO 4 using a portable down-flow unit with integral particle monitor.
A separate basement facility with drop table is used for shock testing.