A pseudostatistical technique utilizing linear system parameters for the determination of strain energy concentration patterns within shock-impacted structural systems forms the basis for identifying the most probable regions and modes of collapse. The technique provides a simplified design-oriented tool for determining the energy management capabilities and crashworthiness of a given structure without the necessity of numerous, costly, destructive tests. Examples of the technique, as applied to a dynamically loaded beam-column and spatial frame, are given and compared qualitatively with experimental results.

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