We also offer the design of complete occupant protection systems for side impact protection. This includes the design of relevant airbags and coordination with OEMs and suppliers of affected components in the vehicle during the development process. Extensive testing facilities are used to design these systems, which are available directly at the site. There are even special test facilities that had been developed to make valid statements about the effectiveness of occupant protection systems at an early stage.
Crash Test Facility
iSi Automotive has a crash test facility located in Berlin, where vehicle and sled tests can be conducted. These facilities allow for testing of entire or subsystems of vehicles in various load cases such as frontal, side, and rear-end crashes.
Static Tests for Component Development
In the static test area, inflation, pendulum, out-of-position, drop tower, linear impactor, and tensile-compression tests are conducted to assess the robustness and energy absorption capacity of the product. Inflation tests can be conducted both in the whole vehicle and as individual components across the entire temperature range. In addition, the location has three full-vehicle climate chambers and two small climate chambers available for this purpose.
To ensure the reliability of our products, we subject them to environmental simulation tests directly at our facility. We have extensive testing equipment available for conducting tests such as salt spray, sun simulation, shock and vibration, climate change, dust exposure, humidity storage, or storage temperature tests. This way, our occupant protection products continue to function according to industry-standard requirements even after years of being installed in the vehicle.
Computational simulation and optimization of occupant protection products
All products are simulated using computational simulation, both at the component level and in the entire vehicle. The components are analyzed and designed in terms of their integrity, energy absorption capacity, deployment behavior, and gas dynamics, and validated and optimized using hardware tests. The models are then integrated into the overall system and evaluated for their system performance. Improvements for all relevant components in the vehicle can be derived and coordinated from the results obtained.