EURO NCAP - PASSIVE SAFETY: UTAC CERAM EQUIPPED WITH A NEW REVERSE CATAPULT
UTAC CERAM have just installed a new, high-performance reverse action 3.1 MN catapult. This device, which has a nominal force of 3,100 KN, enables tests to be carried out on components and susbsystems to reproduce the same effects as a full scale crah test. This makes the new equipment an indispensable tool to undertake the various tests related to the Euro NCAP (whiplash and far-side), FIA (seat and harness protocols) and ADAC (child seats) protocols.
The performance, reliability, and robustness of systems and components will be able to be tested, thanks to the new catapult SESA ServoSled 3.1 MN designed by SEATTLE SAFETY which has a capacity of carrying a payload of 4 tonnes and of propelling its trolley to speeds of 90 km h.. All of the testing can be carried out to conduct simulated crashes on components and system under a flood of light from the 20 projector lamps, each with a capacityof 4,000 watts each and filmed by digital HD cameras at speeds of 5,000 images per second. This allows UTAC CERAMS engineers to obtain decelerations of upto 120 g for 20 milliseconds allowing vital recordings of each event from all angles and without deformation of the vehicle body or destruction of other fixtures that would have been destroyed in full vehicle test. The new equipment allows UTAC CERAM engineers to ability to conduct all types of impact simulations from the front and from the rear as well as other customer required orientations.