Gene M. Remmers
Ship Strutures and Systems
Science and Technology Division
Office of Naval Research
Dynamic Design Analysis
Arlington, VA 222175660
George J. O'Hara
Method DDAM
Department of Mechanical
Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Patrick F. Cunniff
Department of Mechanical
Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
This article describes the evolution of the dynamic design analysis method (DDAM)
by assimilating information from references spanning more than three decades. This
evolution began with attempts to use earthquake engineering practice, circa 1950, in
dealing with hostile environments created by modern weaponry. It became necessary
to develop new theories that went beyond the then current status. This led to research
programs that went back to basic physics and engineering principles that resulted in
a sound technique for naval applications. The elements of the technique were theoreti
cally based and confirmed by laboratory and large scale field testing. One important
example is the structural interaction effects between a vehicle and large equipment
structures by means of a newly defined quantity called modal effective mass. Another
example led to the discovery that attaching a vibration generator to a structure in an
effort to find the frequencies useful for foundation motion response analysis was
guaranteed to produce failure. DDAM continues to be used after its introduction 36
years ago. Althoughfamiliar in US and international naval circles, it is not well known
by persons other than naval engineers. Many myths and misconceptions have grown
during this period, so some of the major ones are addressed. 1996 John Wiley &
Sons, Inc.
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cur. Emphasis was and is placed on the engineer conditions, which is a formidable task. What then
ing background research to ensure close adher is a DDAM? It must contain several salient parts:
ence to reality and the principles of physics and
to ensure that experimental validation concurred. 1. It must recognize that equipment function
Testing and experience also confirmed and vali controls much of the configuration.
dated the method. 2. Failure criteria involving such things as col
Consider the situation created by a nuclear or lision clearances and alignment sensitivity
chemical underwater explosion attack upon a sur may be as important as stress and deflec
face ship or submarine. There is within the vessel tion. These must be capable of being calcu
myriad equipment and machinery that must con lated by the design method.
tinue to function if the vessel is to survive and 3. A mathematical description of the equip
fight. The experiences of World War II, including ment structure must be possible to permit
the non contact influence mine and the develop comparisons with failure criteria. DDAM
ment of nuclear weapons, made it imperative to uses normal mode theory.
shock harden both ships and submarines. In the 4. A description of the shock loading environ
early 1950s there were only a few shock test ma ment needs to be provided that is attuned
chines that were available to provide some degree to the equipment and that is neither aca
of shock hardness for lightweight equipment demic nor extremely costly to use. The de
weighing less than 34 tons. Even then, some of scription should include the ability to mod
these lightweight items had a physical size and ify the shock design values in order to
geometric configuration that were beyond any distinguish between structures and equip
practical capability to design by test. The use of ment of widely varied mass and mobility
nuclear power also contributed to the needs of characteristics. Design must be possible,
expanding the testing facilities and design analy even for conditions that make many other
sis techniques. Combining the techniques of that shock events, such as earthquakes, seem
era, as used by some aircraft designers and manu very mild.
facturers (design, test, modify design, test again,
etc.), seemed to be prohibitively expensive when
applied to large naval structures because the EVOLUTION OF DDAM
range of attacks that define the operational envi
ronment to be survived are extremely harsh and For many years engineers have used "shock re
varied. The need to analyze equipment became sponse spectra" as an aid in understanding the
a very important part of the effort. damaging potential of shock, and as a tool for
A group of engineers and scientists at the N a stress checking a structure whose foundation was
val Research Laboratory (NRL) was directed to subjected to the transient for which the spectrum
address this problem and to propose analytical was found.
procedures to shock harden naval equipment.
The then current procedures (circa early 1950s)
Shock Response Spectrum Definition
ofthe earthquake engineers was first investigated.
As pointed out later in this article, it was found Because shock response spectrum is a term that
to be wanting in several respects. A research pro various authors have used in different ways, the
gram was conducted and DDAM was the result explicit definition used here is provided. It is the
(Belsheim and O'Hara, 1960, 1961; O'Hara and plot of the maximum absolute values of the rela
Belsheim, 1961, 1963). tive displacements, multiplied by scaling factors
if desired, of a set of either damped or undamped
single degree of freedom oscillators with negligi
ble mass that have been subjected to a shock
DESIGN ANALYSIS motion, the values being plotted as a function of
the natural frequencies of the simple oscillators.
Because critical machinery and equipment have These graphs can be constructed with units of
a function to perform, the engineer/analyst has a displacement, velocity, or equivalent static accel
special problem. Turbines, bull gears, and shafts eration by choice of the scaling factors, unity,
are some examples where function drives the de w, or w 2 /g, respectively, where w is the angular
sign; yet they must be hardened to survive battle frequency of the oscillator.
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Initial Development effort during this era and was confirmed theoreti
cally by O'Hara (1959a). The problem of over
One thing that became apparent very early was conservatism of such envelope and/or fiducial
that even though each earthquake or shock is limit curves was investigated, and it was then
unique, the way a structure fails is not. Among noticed that computing stress with normal mode
the approaches followed was that pioneered by theory only requires shock spectrum values at the
many earthquake structural analysts including fixedbase natural frequencies of the equipment
M. A. Biot. An account of this early portion of in place during the shock motion. A summary of
earthquake structural engineering and the Navy's this and other work on this subject can be found
attempt to use it are described in the Biot Memo in O'Hara and Cunniff (1985).
rial Lecture by Remmers (1983). Great difficulties The first experiment designed to verify this
were encountered with attempting to apply the spectrum dip effect was performed at NRL on
earthquake methods to naval design problems in the medium weight shock machine and reported
the area of describing the environment via enve by O'Hara (1958, 1961). This was later recon
lopes of response spectra, typical shock motions, firmed in a new and different experiment by
averaged motions, and averaged spectra. As de O'Hara and Sweet (1960).
scribed below, these were found to not be useful. The original experiment was performed to
In a set of field trials, data were collected for study the effect of changes in equipment struc
a number of shocks at a large number of different tural parameters such as mass and stiffness upon
points in ships and submarines. It was hoped that shock spectra. Hence, an experimental equip
by classifying the location, intensity of shock, and ment structure (Fig. 1) was designed and built
equipment responding to those shocks, correlated such that it was possible to markedly change the
groups could be formed that would enable the stiffness of this equipment without changing its
analyst to produce a series of shock spectra that mass, and also to change the mass while retaining
would be useful in design. Envelope type shock the same stiffness, so the effects of varying both
spectra were produced, and it immediately be parameters could be measured. It was designed
came apparent that few structures would survive to have two different stiffness configurations with
the severe shock these spectra would demand. a 6mass incremental variation in each. The same
However, the structures that were in place during hammer blow to a Navy medium weight shock
field trials did survive, so it was deduced that machine anvil was used in each test to maintain
something must have been wrong with the theory the same shock intensity.
of combining these shock spectra. Special features of the test structure used to
Inherent in the assumption that the worst pos simulate equipment consist of the two parallel
sible shock that a class of structures will ever rectangular beams separated by spacer blocks
have to undergo is the envelope of all possible shown at position B in Fig. 1 and an adjustable
shock spectra for that type of location is the fol mass attached to the upper beam center. The
lowing: impedance of the vehicle at the base of lower beam was attached to a supporting fixture
the equipment attachment point is very large over at D, the equipment base or foundation, while the
the entire frequency range, and the equipment supporting fixture was bolted to four mounting
has very little impedance at its base over the fre points on a shock machine support fixture. Two
quency range. This means that the dynamic reac different stiffness parameters for this test struc
tion of the equipment upon the base (attachment ture could be chosen by having the spacer blocks
point to the vehicle) is unable to affect the motion in either position A or position B between the
of the base, and dissimilar equipment structures beams. Stiffness could be varied while keeping
will have to respond to the same base motion. Of the mass constant and vice versa. Base motions
course this assumption is obviously not in accor were measured by the velocity sensor directly
dance with physical reality. (A discussion of me under the lower cross beam from which shock
chanical impedance and mobility can be found in spectra were computed.
O'Hara, 1959b, 1967.) Variation of test structure stiffness resulted in
During the mid 1950s, examination of individ the shock spectra shown in Fig. 2. The stiffer
ual shock spectra showed large valleys in the re configuration A (higher fixedbase frequency ,J;A)
gion of these fixedbased frequencies (Belsheim gave a different peak in the shock spectrum than
and Blake, 1957). This was labeled the shock the less stiff configuration B (lower fixedbase
spectrum dip effect. It was the subject of intensive frequency, fIB) because the natural frequencies
464 R emmers , O'Hara , and Cunniff
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FIGURE 1 Structure used for equipmentship interaction experiment shown in (a) an
isometric drawing with (b) experimental arrangement. Adapted from O'Hara (1961).
of the entire dynamical system of the machine This illustrates the potential for overdesign
and experimental structure changed . The test from using peaks or envelope shock spectra. Sup
structure frequencies (equipment fixedbase natu pose the shock spectrum from configuration B is
ral frequencies) at which one would normally read the spectrum that is used to design equipment
shock levels from the spectrum for calculation of with the same mass but different stiffness as that
stresses are shown to be the point at the vertical of configuration A. One goes to frequency f lA
dashed lines just above the frequency scale of (fixedbase frequency of the first normal mode
Fig. 2. They are not near the spectrum peaks of configuration A) and the spectrum level read
at all. would be on the peak of the configuration B shock
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O'Hara (1961).
spectrum. Because the correct design value atiJA Suppose Fig. 5(a) is the actual equipment
is on the configuration A shock spectrum, overde vehicle structure responding to an excitation F(t)
sign by a factor of more than 9 would result. and the response Y I is desired. In each subsystem
The composite spectra for the six tests in con of Fig. 5 the masses and springs are identical to
figuration A are shown in Fig. 3. The black dots those of Fig. 5(a). It is also assumed that the
are shock values at the equipment fixedbase (nor base motion of each subsystem is identical to the
mal mode) natural frequencies. The shifting of corresponding motions in Fig. 5(a). Y I can be
the dominant peaks for very small incremental found from Fig. 5(a) by using F(t) as the input
changes (6.3 kg/17 lb) in load can be seen. and the system frequencies 0, 0:1, 0:2' and 0:3. It
The maximum and minimum envelopes from can also be found from Fig. 5(b) from the known
all variations of mass and stiffness in this experi base motion Y4 and the fixedbase normal mode
ment are shown in Fig. 4. The black dots on the frequencies f31' f32' and f33. It can also be found
figure are the shock spectrum values at all of the from Fig. 5(c) with the known or measured base
fixedbase natural frequencies that are the proper motion Y3 and the fixedbase frequencies 'YI and
ones to use in calculating maximum stress in the 'Y2. Then Y I can also be found from the single
equipment. These correct values lie much closer degree of freedom system in Fig. 5(d) using only
to the minimum envelope than to the envelope of Y2 and its frequency w. The frequencies used in
the peaks, which was a basic criteria for design the calculations, 0 and 0:, f3, 'Y, and w are in general
prior to this experiment. White (1966) reported all different, but the response Y I must be the same
this effect to the Tokyo Earthquake Conference in all cases. A simple mathematical derivation
of 1966. proving this point can be found in appendix A of
An easy way to understand this is to look at a O'Hara and Petak (1968).
small dynamical chain in Fig. 5. This example Now suppose a time history record was ob
shows how to characterize the dynamic response tained at each base motion Y in Fig. 5 and the
of part of the dynamical chain by using the Duhamel integral solution was obtained for a
"base motion." dense set of frequency responses at each base
466 Remmers, O'Hara, and Cunniff
Frequency (Hz)
FIGURE 3 Composite of all shock spectra measured for configuration A. Adapted from
O'Hara (1961).
to form a shock spectra. In general for each Y, Modal Effective Mass and Shock
something like Fig. 6 would be the result. There Design Values
would be three predominate peaks at frequencies
a\ , a2' and a3 that are the actual system natural Around 1957 the set of field trials data was then
frequencies, are real, and not at the fixedbase reexamined using only those points correspond
frequencies that are only used in calculations. ing to the fixedbase frequencies ofthe equipment
Because the spectrum values useful for calculat in place during the actual shock motion. The
ing the response Y\ in all cases do not coincide candidate values useful for a shock spectrum
with the peaks and hence do not have the obvious had dropped considerably. The situation was still
resonance buildup effect, they must lie else murky (Belsheim and Blake, 1957) because of
where. Thus, any upper enveloping of sets of scatter in the data.
shock spectra from different real systems will be It was then realized that the soc'alled after or
controlled by the system frequencies and not the residual spectrum is really the magnitude of the
fixedbase frequencies used in calculations. That Fourier transform of the base shock motion
is, the peaks define the upper envelope and fidu (O'Hara, 1959b) and would tend to be a minimum
cial limit curves and they overwhelm the valleys at the required frequencies. This discovery and
where the real design values lie. the definition of modal effective mass permitted
The mechanism by which equipment response further progress.
determines shock input levels is somewhat similar If the Fourier transform integral is written as
to that of the elementary vibration absorber that
suppresses the motion at its attachment point at
f
its fixedbase natural frequency. This is also true x To
for vibration absorbers with more than 1 degree B(t) = ~f B(r)cos w[t  r] dr dw, (I)
of freedom. o0
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of (a).
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spectrum, while response at subsystem fixedbase natural frequencies tend to form the
valleys in a shock spectrum.
then the inner time integral is also a Duhamel absent in the record, they will not appear in the
integral evaluated at To, considered to be the end transform but will have a value very nearly zero
of the record. This is commonly called the resid in the measured data.
ual spectrum if its magnitude is plotted as a func As for the modal effective mass, it is perhaps
tion of frequency. It is important to note that most easily explained by reference to Figs. 7 and
because the fixedbase frequency components are 8. Imagine the ship and equipment system to be
Equipment
~c3
Motion of M4
Due to F
Identical for (a), (b), and (c)
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FIGURE 8 Illustration of replacing parts of a structure with normal mode models as used
to investigate interaction effects.
represented by a dynamical chain as shown in other way to view Eq. (2) is that it demands that
Fig. 7, where an explosion in the water external the inertial forces across the equipmentvehicle
to the ship excites the system and the response boundary be the same in all cases, for any arbi
motion at the base of the equipment is recorded as trary motion.
shown. This system, for purposes of investigating This is interesting in that the inertia present in
interaction effects, can be represented by the each fixedbase normal mode can be used in an
three dynamical chains of Fig. 8, each of which is analysis and is a measure of the resistance to
different. If the fixedbase frequencies and modal motion. This is physically intuitive in that it is
effective mass values of mbl and mb2 are chosen easier to accelerate a light structure than a heavy
properly, the response of system G and b will be one, and this showed up in the data. The sum of
identical for masses 3, 4, 5, and 6. Figure 8c all the modal masses must equal the equipment
moves one step further on the dynamical chain mass, and a partial sum showed its usefulness in
where again the motions of masses 4, 5, and 6 deciding on the number of modes to use.
will be the same in all three systems if the masses A procedure for generating shock design val
mel , me2' and mc3 are properly chosen along with ues (Cunniff and O'Hara, 1989) using modaleffec
the corresponding fixedbase frequencies. The tive mass is now described. If two graphs are
equation for modal mass is made for a set of the fixedbase frequency re
sponse data points, one for absolute acceleration
and one for pseudo velocity (relative displacement
scaled by radian frequency), each graph as a func
(2) tion of modal effective mass, then the upper enve
lope limit lines will slope downward with increas
ing modal mass. The graphs might appear as in
Fig. 9. Now if the shock design value for a mode
where the Xia is a normal mode shape value at i whose modal effective mass is ma and modal fre
in mode G. (Note that this is not the "generalized quency, fa' is desired, each graph will provide a
mass" that is found in eigenvector analysis.) An value. The maximum absolute acceleration A is
470 Remmers, O'Hara, and Cunniff
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FIGURE 9 Combining the (a) maximum shock response absolute acceleration shown
with the (b) maximum shock response pseudovelocity, (Xw), forms (c) a design input curve
for specific modal masses m I ' m2' m3' etc.
cause the steadystate vibration spectrum includ suited in an effort in which basic research was
ing phase is the transform of the response to im paramount to success.
pulse. Norton's form of Thevinen's theorem,
normally associated with steady state, can be
used to produce a new transform of base motion, Combining Stresses, Deflections, etc.
showing the effect of adding or replacing a The modal summation technique of earthquake
structure. design usually used the statistical expected value
The route of prescribing motions on the basis of all the modal stresses,
of Fourier spectrum magnitude only can produce
different responses during the time of the driven
portion of the massless oscillator response that (3)
produces the shock spectrum value. It was dem
onstrated by O'Hara (1973) that the Fourier trans
form magnitude of a motion that ends in finite
time is not unique. That is to say, it is possible which is the largest mode and a correction. This
to define a function h(t) g(t) other than h(t) = is less conservative than DDAM. With DDAM
 g(t) such that its Fourier transform magnitude the stress, deflection, etc. is the largest modal
is identical with g(t). The operation 11(t) = value plus the statistical expected value of the
g( To  t) (To is the end of the record) rotates g(t)
remaining stresses at the time of occurrence of
about T and shifts the new origin to To. The two the largest modal value.
functions, while having identical residual spectra
and autocorrelation functions, have different
shock spectra and cross correlations. (4)
To sum up, the several shortcomings of pre
scribing design inputs in terms of transient mo
tions as described above prevented their general
use in naval applications. where a, b, c, . . . , are the modal stresses and
a> b > c> . . . > q > .... This formula is,
in effect, the largest mode plus the second largest
Description of Environment mode with a correction. This generic class offor
mulas, when applied to normal mode analysis,
For some naval applications severity of the shock is generally called the NRL sum (O'Hara and
disturbance is characterized in terms of energy Cunniff, 1963).
flux density and/or other parameters caused by
the pressure wave on the surface of the target
(ship). Because local effects are important, sepa
Survive Failure Criteria
rate input values are determined for generalloca
tions on the ship that differ in intensity (hull DDAM predicts the maximum stresses and de
mounted, deck mounted, topside, etc.). Shock flections in the equipment that are then compared
design values are described by vertical, athwart to engineering values for yield stresses and maxi
ship, and fore and aft directions one at a time, mum permitted deflections that will allow the
not the three simultaneously. It turns out not only equipment function to continue.
are DDAM inputs not highly sensitive to charge Equipment design must be possible in a practi
size and target location for a given severity, but cal sense, not just in theory. Not only is it possible
they also contain the effects of surface cutoff, to set the shock values so high that the equipment
bubble pulses, etc., because these effects were cannot be designed, but it can also be set so low
included in the original data. This is a desirable that any design method is ineffective.
attribute for a design method. Adjustments in failure criteria can be made
Both DDAM and the earthquake design meth in several ways. One such criteria is to use allow
ods evolved from the work of Biot. The goal of able stresses slightly higher than yield for bend
each ofthese design methods was the same. How ing members by means of an efficiency factor
ever, the great disparity in the shock levels to be (Belsheim and O'Hara, 1960, 1961), or the stan
withstood required a greater degree of under dard engineering yield can be used with a reduc
standing than was available in th 1950s and re tion in shock design values.
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lins (1968).
system moves uniformly. This means that if it is assuming the equipment being supported was al
mounted on two supports or more, these supports ready hardened.
are subjected to the same base motion at the same
time. Because this is not always the case, espe MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
cially for large items, three aspects of this prob
lem were examined. Despite the fact that many years have elapsed
First a procedure for measuring the fixedbase since the inception of DDAM, some widespread
natural frequencies of equipment on two supports myths and misunderstandings about some fea
was developed. It is significantly more complex tures of the method still prevail. They are:
than for a single support (Petak and O'Hara,
1966). Second, O'Hara and Belsheim (1974) in a transient dynamic analysis is unique and
vestigated the problem of loading the structure provides a better solution than DDAM for
by shock waves traveling through a medium re attacks at the same shock design severity;
sulting in a time delay between dominant shock the method fails to account for fixedbased
wave loadings at separated input points. Finally, normal modes with repeated frequencies;
a procedure for using DDAM like inputs to design if a structure has two fixedbase frequencies
multisupport equipment was developed by Abdel very close to each other, the resulting beating
hamid and Cunniff (1991). response is so long in time to the peak re
sponse that the combinatorial rules are not
realistic;
Scaling and Testing a very small appendage attached to large
It is not always practical to test at full scale or to equipment can cause overly severe, errone
extend data to different levels of shock intensity. ous values in the shock input, particularly if
Practical design methods readily lend themselves the appendage fixedbase frequency is about
to scaling design problems, such as scaling shock equal to a fixedbase frequency of the
design inputs measured on a submarine of one equipment.
diameter to be appropriate for a second diameter.
This analytical approach was used by O'Hara and Each of these was reexamined by Cunniff and
Cunniff (1993) for simulation of vehicle shock O'Hara (1993) and are summarized below.
tests of lightweight hull mounted equipment at The transient analysis of a simple equipment
different scales. vehicle model was developed that replicates the
damaging potential prescribed by DDAMlike de
sign inputs. The equipment discussed therein was
Normal Mode Theory limited to 2 degrees of freedom, unidirectional
motion, and the vehicle was composed of a
Normal mode relationships for unidirectional and lumped massspring combination excited by an
for three and six directions of motion of elemental impulse. The magnitude of solutions provided by
equipment mass were developed by O'Hara and the method clearly demonstrated that there is no
Cunniff (1963), Cunniff and O'Hara (1965), and unique transient model available. This reference
Fourney and O'Hara (1968). These were used as shows this with an example where three distinct
the basis for several advanced structural analy vehicles experience different impulses. The ensu
sis procedures. ing motion of each vehicle was different and gen
erated different shock spectra. However, the
shock spectrum values at the equipment fixed
Design of Efficient Structures
base frequencies were identical in each case.
Reduction of equipment support weight centered Thus, transient motion inputs as used by the pro
around defining structural efficiency as the square posed method are not unique. Furthermore, the
root of the ratio of the actual shock energy ab transient technique cannot be better than the data
sorbed by a structure to the total energy storage upon which it is based, i.e., the DDAM shock
capacity of the structure. An elastic method was input values.
reported by O'Hara and Cunniff (1982a), and the An examination of the special case of repeated
elasticplastic case was shown by O'Hara and natural frequencies indicated that the modal ef
Cunniff(1982b). Significant support weight reduc fective masses, the participation factors, and the
tions were projected using these methods while characteristic loads are zero at these repeated
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roots. Hence, these modes do not contribute to The method was successfully validated in several
the deflections and stresses in the DDAM analysis ways including DDAM designed equipment that
or in any other normal mode spectral analysis survived actual attacks.
method. Because the background basic research was
In the case of closely spaced equipment fixed already done and was well documented, applica
base frequencies, the transient model provided tion in other structural dynamics situations, such
responses that were composed ofthe system nat as rockets, earthquake, vibration testing, etc.,
ural frequencies; therefore, they did not pose any should be explored.
special problems, such as a resonance buildup
effect, even though the equipment frequencies
were closely spaced.
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