HYGE Crash System Applications

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Over 60 HYGETM  systems are in active use worldwide for a variety of automotive and aircraft safety testing applications. Some typical HYGETM  applications include the following:

  • Testing of airbag systems, including firing circuits, sensors, squibs, and air bag units
  • Side-Impact Testing – Approved for US and European side impact requirements
  • Testing auto seat belts, including belt design, webbing, hardware, and anchors
  • Side airbag testing
  • Testing auto interior parts, such as dash boards, bolsters, and headliner trim
  • Biodynamic testing of human subjects to determine biological limits and effects of shock
  • Used as a velocity source for barrier auto crash testing. This involves testing components such as bumper systems and front and rear panels
  • Shock testing of automotive components sold as separate items, such as stereos and cellular telephones
  • Testing of child restraint seats and booster seats
  • Shock testing of automobile electronic control modules
  • Testing of aircraft seats, seat belts, and components
  • Shock testing of military and space systems and components

Tests for which a HYGE System Has Been Used:

Legislative Tests

ECE11 Door latches
ECE16 Seat belts
ECE17 Seats

ECE44 Child seats
ECE80 Coach interiors
FMVSS208 NHTSA Full vehicle

FMVSS202 Neck Response

Development Tests




Companies like Ford have their own Safety Design Guidelines tests. These cover the legislative tests defined above but usually with an additional 10% added to the pulse. Also there are a number of tests with seats in the stowed position.

The HYGETM  System can reproduce most vehicle crash pulses, frontal side or rear, to a highly repeatable standard. With pulses from the above crash legislation you can develop system restraints and vehicle trims.

Accessories can also be tested to ensure that they will not increase occupant injury. For example; Bags that strap onto seats, Dog guards, Child seats, Auxiliary battery trays.

Outside the motor industry the following tests are possible using a HYGETM.

  • Railway Interior Crashworthiness AVST9001
  • Aircraft JAR 25.562
  • Military ISO/CD17313

HYGETM has also been used to reproduce the resonance from a close proximity mine blast.

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