Facilities & Equipment
Impact Sled Facility
Powered by 12 bungees with a maximum energy of 300 kJ, the facility has:
- a closed-loop control system
- a fibre-optic T0 Trigger
- an aluminium sled top plate with standardised tapped hole pattern and reinforced threads
- a rebound brake preventing secondary sled impact
- compact support structures to utilise maximum sled length
- ‘in track' UKAS-calibrated load cells for sled mass measurement
- high-speed video, data capture and analysis.
Designed and developed by TRL, the unique Frangible Impactor's primary function is to protect sensitive and expensive components which don't form part of an energy-absorbing structure. The Frangible Impactor offers significant economic and technical benefits in the event of test piece failure, limiting damage to other components and testing infrastructure.
TRL is equipped with a suite of test machines and rigs to perform quasi-static certification testing of chassis, sub-assemblies and components. These range from a full-size squeeze rig for chassis certification to a large hydraulic press for side-intrusion panel testing, plus a purpose-built rig for FIA HANS testing.
Helmet and Materials Test Facility
The Helmet and Materials Test Facility includes a drop tower over 15 m tall and is ideal for development, research and homologation testing of energy-absorbing structures and motor sport helmets.
Full-scale Impact Testing
TRL's full-scale Impact Test Facility provides a flexible environment for a range of testing requirements. The computer-controlled winch system is capable of achieving test speeds of 130 km/h with a 2 tonne vehicle and 80 km/h with a 7.5 tonne vehicle. A large pavement area allows offset and angled impacts into other vehicles, barriers or other structures, which can be moving or stationary.
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