How can a particular collision mode be evaluated in a controlled and repeatable environment? Can the difference in occupant restraint provided by three types of occupant protection systems be evaluated in a reliable and cost effective manner?
At S-E-A the short answer to these, and many questions like this, is YES - absolutely. The S-E-A indoor sled facility is ideal at accommodating a variety of vehicle types and occupant spaces in events ranging from single to multiple degrees of freedom. S-E-A uses this dynamic system to forensically evaluate various aspects of both on-highway and off-road accidents, to provide third party data regarding occupant protection, and to perform parametric studies to help manufacturers in product design and evaluation efforts. Capitalizing on its expertise in vehicle autonomous control systems (e.g. S-E-A Driving Robots), S-E-A has designed its sled system to execute a wide range of acceleration and deceleration pulses in an accurate and repeatable manner. The test sled is also used as an impact simulator at the lower end of vehicle speeds and in non-automotive related test simulations.
Regardless of the test conditions or event replicated, S-E-A’s experts in vehicle dynamics and biomechanics have a proven track record of helping their clients obtain the data necessary to make informed decisions at every stage.