RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Euro Road Safety’s Research & Development department makes every effort to achieve excellence in each of our road safety products. As such we have continually invested in our inhouse testing facilities.

TEST FACILITIES

ERS have various testing facilities in order to provide the highest quality products to customers.

Two drop towers are available which allow for small-scale component testing. Each component goes through a rigorous testing process before it is used in any product. During drop testing, components are dropped from heights of up to 8m, with variously load, displacement and acceleration being measured and recorded.

Intensive testing on all adhesives used is also carried out to ensure integrity of product manufacture. 

QUASI-STATIC TESTING

Quasi-static testing can be conducted on four different test machines:

  • LR150K Lloyd Instruments 
  • LR50K Lloyd Instruments
  • Instron Universal Test Machine 5582
  • Instron Universal Test Machine 5982

These machines are used in a wide range of applications including static crush, angle shear, peel, tensile, climbing drum and node bond strength of standard and chemically treated honeycomb structures.  All honeycomb used in deformable crash test barriers and energy absorbers completes static testing as part of the conformity of production procedure. It is further used for examining different energy absorbing applications for occupant and pedestrian protection.

TestStandard
Lap ShearASTM D1002-10
Adhesion testing – bonded layers pulled apart along the plane of adhesion.
Example: Testing adhesive strength or surface preparation. 
T-PeelASTM D1876-08
A good accurate method for assessing the quality of a joint but only applicable for flexible test pieces, for example aluminium foil.
Example: Testing force required to pull tape off a roll.
Climbing DrumASTM D1781-98
A peel test designed to understand the bond between a surface, or ‘skin’ and a substrate.
Example: Testing adhesive peel strength between aluminium honeycomb and aluminium skin.
Flatwise TensileASTM C297/C296M-16
A tensile test for many bonded parts.  Typically, specimens are cut from sandwich panels and bonded to aluminium blocks. The aluminium blocks are mounted in a universal test machine and pulled apart.
Example: Testing adhesive tensile strength between aluminium honeycomb and aluminium skin.

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS (FEA)

Euro Road Safety can provide expert assistance with Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a computer simulation technique that allows detailed analysis of vehicle impact.

Using Finite Element Analysis increases design efficiency, helps to solve problems and can cut down the development time and costs. It can also highlight potential problems or failures in products before they are launched. Car manufacturers routinely use FEA as a sophisticated tool in the development of new car models.

For further information on our testing facilities, please get in touch.