Crash Testing

Exponent's Test and Engineering Center (TEC) is uniquely suited to conduct full-scale high-energy vehicle crash tests that are not capable of being conducted at other crash test facilities. Test types that Exponent can support include Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) procedures, such as 201, 208, 214, and 301; testing to support the research and development efforts of manufacturers' and after-market providers; and unique crash tests that are conducted to replicate a vast array of real-world accident conditions. At the TEC, we incorporate the SAE J211 guidelines, which define the specific requirements concerning instrumentation (transducer selection, orientation, calibration, filtering, etc.), and photographic documentation, and are required by the federal government for the collection of instrumentation and photographic data in safety compliance crash testing. Exponent is a NHTSA approved test laboratory.

At Exponent’s crash test facility, we have reproduced accident-site features such as ditches, poles, trees, walls, guard rails, and ramps. We have crashed motorcycles into trucks, cars into cars, and heavy trucks into cars or our fixed barrier. We can also conduct impacts of two moving vehicles at nearly any relative angle, impact configuration, and at speed ratios ranging from 1:1 to 11:1.

With Exponent’s flexible and adaptable crash facility we can also conduct rollover crash tests. Some of the tests we’ve conducted involved ramps, dollies (including FMVSS 208), and lateral tripped rollovers in soil or as a result of curb interaction. We can also simulate rollovers on our Roller Coaster Dolly or by using our crashworthy programmable steering controller.