Safety beyond legal demands. With internal requirements based on accident statistics and profound studies, Scania’s engineers prepare crash tests to improve security. This time, an installation with 80-litre tanks for compressed natural gas was the one withstanding a heavy side impact.
Our R&D Expert Engineer responsible for crash and safety tests, Dan Loftén, knows all about these tests. After months of preparations, it was time. “We positioned the heavily loaded trailer tractor across the test track. Then we used a steel cable to pull the deformable barrier, representing a passenger car, straight into the side-mounted gas tank installation, simulating a side-collision,” he says.
The crash test is thoroughly assessed afterwards, the vehicle is inspected, and the engineers dismount the parts they find interesting. “And then the analysis. We use data from measurements during the test and also look at the high-speed videos to have a detailed view of the event.” The material can also be used for simulations and to develop simplified test methods, as the tests done with an actual vehicle are expensive.
So, had the gas tanks been damaged? No. Loftén can rest assured that in case of an actual accident, the level of safety is high.
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