This SAE Recommended Practice describes the dynamic and static testing procedures required to evaluate the integrity of an equipment mount device or system when exposed to a frontal or side impact (i.e. a crash impact). Its purpose is to provide equipment manufacturers, ambulance builders, and end-users with testing procedures and, where appropriate, acceptance criteria that, to a great extent, ensure equipment mount devices or systems meet the same performance criteria across the industry. Prospective equipment mount manufacturers or vendors have the option of performing either dynamic testing or static testing. Descriptions of the test set-up, test instrumentation, photographic/video coverage, test fixture, and performance metrics are included.
Rationale: SAE received a request for clarification of testing requirements as described in paragraph 11.3 of SAE J3043. At present, the paragraph and example illustration show a requirement for testing using the frontal crash pulse, as defined in SAE J2917. This was meant as an example only. The revision will also identify the need for testing in the lateral direction utilizing the side impact crash pulse as defined in SAE J2956 and the rear direction using the rear crash pulse as defined in SAE J3044.