Automotive Engineering

Crash test facility


The hydraulically driven unit can accelerate a mass of more than 1100 kg to 100 km/h (2000 kg to 72 km/h) in a controlled manner on a run-up track of 75 m. Tests can be carried out with passenger cars, small trucks, two-wheelers and test sleds. Frontal, rear and side impacts with all common barriers as well as pedestrian and two-wheeled impacts can be performed.

Test facilities are also available which can be equipped with partial or complete car bodies for testing airbags, seat belts or other components. The impact behavior of various passenger cars can be simulated in narrow tolerance bands using a variable band brake.

A mobile barrier is also available for tests on the tank safety of passenger cars (rear impact in accordance with FMVSS 301). All the necessary mobile barriers are also available for ECE or FMVSS side tests.

A tensile test rig is used to test the force absorption of seat belts, but also of belt anchorages in vehicle bodies.

Technical data

Regulated hydraulic drive with approx. 750 kW
Crash speed up to 100 km/h at 1100 kg and 72 km/h at 2000 kg
Run-up distance: 70 m
Fixed and movable barriers (e.g. ECE R 94 and R 95; FMVSS 208 and 214)
Test sled with multi-stage deceleration device
Dummies: HYBRID III, EUROSID and US-SID, others also possible
Various 1- and 3-axial accelerometers, load cells, pressure and displacement transducers
Measurement equipment for 78 channels
Film pits for frontal and side impacts
3 high-speed film cameras
2 high-speed video digital cameras (Kodak: sensor array 1504 x 1128 pixels, 30 bits (color) pixel depth and 1000 full fps)
Extensive film, video and measurement data evaluation software

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Office TIB13
Building TIB13
Room 346
Address Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin