CTS crash tests on FHWA list

The tests carried out at CTS according to the specifications of MASH (MASH 2009 Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware / MASH 2016 Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware Second Edition) can be found on the international FHWA list. Especially in the USA, this list serves authorities to inform themselves about current systems available on the market and to access the corresponding test certificates.


New partners for the simulation of impact tests

Traffic restraint systems often have to be checked for their functionality by dynamic and virtual simulations before the first crash test.

To this end, CTS has been cooperating for some weeks now with EDAG Engineering GmbH and GDTech S.A. "The aim is to offer our customers holistic and, above all, independent solutions, right up to the successful completion of standard tests", says Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schimmelpfennig (Managing Partner of CTS).


Higher and further

The new elevating platform for the crash facility has just arrived. With a working height of over 22 metres, the platform is mainly used as a telescopic arm for top shots of crash tests. The entire crash team around Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Bührmann (test manager) is very happy about the new vehicle in the CTS fleet. 


PRIMUS-Dummy in underwater use

This week, the biofidelic PRIMUS dummy was used for an accident reconstruction experiment in a specially rented swimming pool.

"All PRIMUS dummies are suitable for underwater use, this opens up completely new possibilities for manufacturers of e.g. diving equipment or for lifeguards who can use the PRIMUS dummy as a training object," says Dr. M. Dobberstein (Managing Director CTS). The PRIMUS dummy can also be used for the diving training of astronauts, underwater blast tests or other diving exercises.


Conversion of the crash test system provides more flexibility

The re-fitting work on the crash test facility has been successfully completed in the last few days, which now enables the CTS team to react even more flexibly and at shorter notice to test orders. Especially for standard tests, e.g. EN 1317, EN 12767, PAS 68, ASTM F2656/F2656M, IWA14-1, MASH, etc., this has opened up new possibilities for prompt execution.

Even if the avoidance of personal contacts is the main focus these days, we are still there for you. Both on the crash site and in the office, operations continue with the best possible protection for customers and employees.

If it is not possible for you to be live on site during crash tests due to the current situation, we will be happy to set up a video livestream for you.

We are well positioned for the coming weeks and look forward to continuing to work with you as productively as before.


Conversion of the crash system

In these days the crash system was completely rebuilt. A conversion that Managing Director Dr. Mirko Dobberstein has high hopes for: "Even before the conversion measures, we were able to move vehicles weighing up to 70 t without any problems, but this is now taking place within a significantly optimised tolerance range. The crash system can now be adapted even more flexibly and spontaneously to the most varied test requirements".

Already this week successful tests according to MASH were carried out. This standard is the benchmark for crash barriers used in road traffic worldwide.

"Since we have become even more flexible thanks to the retrofit, new possibilities arise in scheduling. We are now able to accept orders for standard tests, especially according to MASH, even at short notice", says Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schimmelpfennig (Managing Partner of CTS).


GPEC 2020

Last week CTS was present at the GPEC in Frankfurt. Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schimmelpfennig and the new Managing Director Dr. Mirko Dobberstein introduced the biofidelic crash test dummy PRIMUS. The PRIMUS dummy is particularly suitable as a training object for Special Forces. But Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schimmelpfennig also presented in his speech the excellent application possibilities for approval tests of safety clothing, such as protective vests and helmets.


Dummies for the University of Zagreb

Photo from left to right: Dr. M. Dobberstein (Managing Director CTS), Dipl.-Ing. P. Schimmelpfennig (CTS), Assistant Faculty of Transportation Sciences (University of Zagreb), Doc. dr. sc. Željko Šari? (lecturer University of Zagreb), Dr. G. Reglitz (CTS), M. Bäumer (CTS) 

At the beginning of February, representatives of the University of Zagreb were guests in the dummy production of CTS. The reason for the visit was to pick up two dummies for the Faculty of Transport Sciences / Department of Transport. The planned field of application of the dummies will be research in the field of accident reconstruction.