The excessive overtest associated with the swept sine vibration test method was measured quantitatively using the index of conservatism and the associated overtest factor for a dynamic mass model of a typical spacecraft component. The response to a fixed amplitude sine sweep test was compared with the flight transient vibration environment for sweep rates of 2, 4, and 6 octaves/min and 300 Hz/min. A response-limited test was also conducted at 6 octaves/min. The conservatism was measured using several characterizations; namely: number of peaks exceeding, ranked peaks, shock response spectrum, shock intensity, three-dimensional shock response spectrum, and ranked peaks. Overtest factors exceeding an order of magnitude were measured for the test response with the number of peaks exceeding and the three-dimensional shock response spectrum.

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