Millbrook Group has opened a new outdoor crash test facility where it can perform a range of roll-over and small offset crash tests for its customers, in compliance with US and EU test methods.
The corkscrew roll-over testing facility enables customers to test vehicles for a variety of outcomes, including roll-over protection, occupant ejection and roll-over detection – used for sensor calibration critical for deployment of safety features such as airbags.
Ramp profiles and test speeds are customizable to test for roll and non-roll outcomes, allowing customers to see the safety capabilities of the vehicle and how to develop countermeasures to suit. Bespoke testing scenarios can be developed to suit customers’ requirements, while more common, off-the-shelf testing capabilities include: ditch fall over; FMVSS 208 roll-over; gravel, soil trip roll-over; and kerb trip roll-over.
In addition to roll-over testing, Millbrook has added small offset testing to its capabilities. Specifically designed to suit IIHS regulations used in the USA, the facility assesses vehicles when impacting a rigid barrier at 25% offset. Carried out at 64km/h, the test is designed to drive further improvements in occupant protection.
Millbrook has included the capability to provide underside camera footage, while the small offset facility also has the ability to test both left-hand and right-hand impacts, meeting the very latest level of the test protocol.
Following the successful completion of several commissioning runs and facility testing, the first customer tests have now taken place.
For a Q&A with Millbrook CEO Alex Burns on the recent acquisition of the company, click here.
September 22, 2016