Photo story: Get a first glimpse of our new DYCOT laboratory
At the end of November 2016 our company opened a new test laboratory for the automotive industry. The investment, which also offers physical simulation of dynamic stress on the components and structure of vehicles beyond virtual simulations, recently won 3rd place in the 2015 Investor and Commercial Real Estate of the Year competition sponsored by the Czech Agency for Support of Investment, CzechInvest, in the category of Research and Development.
For an idea of what a test looks like, we’ve compiled a photo story from the preparations and performance of sled testing for the simulation of real traffic accidents.
Our new DYCOT test laboratory at TÜV SÜD Czech for non-destructive testing.
The test sample is fixed by an outside frame for proper clasping in various directions of the simulated impact and for the possibility of repeated testing. The movement of the sample throughout the hall is supported by a crane that covers the entire area of the laboratory including the individual staging Areas.
The fixed side frame ensures a safe clasping of the high-speed camera. With the help of this camera motion analyses of the interior parts are compiled.
Testing and measurement technician Lukáš Fiřt controls the movement of the sample by remote control.
The proper positioning and above all the safe fastening of the sample is the basis for the successful performance of a test.
The test sled is composed of two parts, where the left part(the “pusher sled”) is permanently attached to the tracks and serves for the installation of measuring equipment, and the right part (the “pallet sled”) serves for mounting the test sample. The pallet sled can be quickly removed and replaced with a different one – with another prepared test sample, in order to increase the efficiency of the tests conducted. The pusher sled is also equipped with a system of brakes, power, and its own measuring system for regulating the desired progress of acceleration.
Head of Testing Lukáš Rákosník installs the test dummy, which with its dozens of sensors is the most important part of the entire test chain for assessing vehicle safety. In this case, it is a female Hybrid III 5th test dummy representing the class of smallest adult passengers. The exact placement of the test dummy is not only a condition according to legislation, but generally any test with regard to repeatability and comparability.
High-speed cameras are also placed in the interior (top right), particularly for assessing the behavior of various components and for detailed shots of any interaction of the passengers with the interior.
In both sections of the safety belt force meters are installed in the belt.
Test technician and cameraman Martin Dědič checks the proper connection of power and data communications of the camera System.
One of the many effective tools in the laboratory is setting the camera system with a view of the ensuing effect in real time.
Illumination of the test sample is provided through the most modern LED light Panels.
Checking the interior cameras and Illumination.
The head of testing completes the photo documentation following the test.
Testing and measurement technician Alan Šumelda carries out the final color designation of test dummies for clear identification of the positions of contact with the airbags of the vehicle.
The cameraman checks and processes the shots by the high-speed camera after the test.
Visualisation of contact by the head of the dummy with the Airbag.
The brain center of the entire laboratory is the central control board, where the test technicians check the status of all systems and the head of testing sets and controls the catapult itself.
View of the catapult for accelerating the test sample