A Crash Test Facility to Determine Automobile Crush Coefficients 880224

A low cost and low speed automobile crash test facility for full frontal impacts has been designed and constructed to determine vehicle crush characteristics. The function and operation of systems comprising the facility are discussed in this paper and include:
  • Site layout and tow system arrangement
  • Tow system and test vehicle guidance
  • Crash barrier
  • Release mechanisms
  • Speed measurement
  • Recording of the impact event
  • In addition, the crash barrier is validated
with preliminary test results.


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