Testing in the Automotive Industry

The automotive market faces tough global competition. For this reason, the use of computer-based development methods continues to grow. These simulation methods must be accompanied by real tests in the various development phases to design the material data.
Steering wheel testing

Tests on the Body

To meet the increasing demands on passenger protection, lightweight construction, and functionality, modern self-supporting vehicle bodies are becoming increasingly complex structures in hybrid construction.  That is why today, high strength to ultra-high strength steels, aluminum, and increasingly, fiber-reinforced plastics, are used in addition to classic grades of steel. High-accuracy testing technology from Zwick supports the design of these sophisticated multi-material composites.

Engines and Drives

Drive assemblies are the focus of development efforts to provide efficient mobility with reduced emissions. Downsizing plays a large role in achieving the demanding worldwide regulatory goals. On the one hand engines are becoming smaller and lighter, but on the other hand they are also becoming more elaborate and complex due to additional engine features such as supercharging, operating parameter optimization, and also hybridization presenting challenges to the composite materials used. Testing technology from Zwick delivers reliable test results for supporting this development process.

Chassis Tests

As the link to the road, the chassis defines important features such as dynamics, safety, driving comfort, and fuel efficiency. Due to the safety-critical design of the components, reliability inspections, in particular, are incorporated when developing new materials and new manufacturing technologies. 

Testing Interior and Safety Components

Safety combined with a functional environment: the vehicle interior is not only for passengers, it fulfills functions that are essential for survival in case of emergency. It protects the passengers with its exterior inherent stiffness and interior paneling formability. It provides space for active and passive safety devices, as well as for the many support systems that enable you to drive, inform, and orient yourself quickly and safely.
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