The Kettering University Crash Safety Center supports three key endeavors:
- Educating undergraduate, graduate, and practicing engineers,
- Research, consulting, and testing for industry, and
- Awareness and education for the community.
The Kettering University Crash Safety Center opened in 2005. The Center is housed in the new Mott Science and Engineering Center on the Kettering University campus in Flint, Michigan.
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The main area houses the deceleration sled. The sled, built by Global Test and Engineering Services (formerly VIA), runs on pneumatic power. The system can carry a 2000 pound payload to a speed up to 42 miles per hour. The impactor is hydraulic and is easily tuned to generate various deceleration pulses. Everything needed for frontal, side or rear impact occupant protection testing is available including high speed digital video, anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), data acquisition, and airbag deployment capabilities.
The second area is the component test area. This area, still under development, will house a linear impactor as well as other potential component testing equipment. The linear impactor allows for the testing of steering columns, instrument panels, and vehicle interior structure.
The third area is a dedicated computer and community classroom scheduled to open in 2007. The room will seat 40 students and will be outfitted with state-of-the-art computational equipment so students can perform virtual crash testing and complete testing data analysis. The classroom will also be a gathering place for community seminars and K through 12 programs dedicated to vehicle occupant protection and safety.