Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Aerospace Engineering Sciences

First Advisor

George Born

Second Advisor

Robert Culp

Third Advisor

Robert Leben


There is an increasing need for g-hardened electronic and electro-mechanical components to satisfy the needs of a growing array of guided projectile programs. Techniques such as encapsulation, underfilling and load path management have been used by the Army Research Labs to develop survivable components for artillery rounds that are subjected to up to 30,000 g’s (1). However, g-hardening of the components necessary to enable the next generation of small caliber guided projectiles that could experience loads in the vicinity of 65,000 g’s is a problem that is only starting to be addressed. This research aims to identify affordable Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components of interest to small caliber guided projectiles, and through experiment develop load path management techniques to allow their survivability in environments previously not possible.