Compression Testing in Automotive Applications
From R&D to the shop floor, Compression Testing plays a key role in Automotive Manufacturing to meet strict quality controls and ensure consumer safety and product longevity.
Whether testing if shocks/struts are to specifications, if the proper gas springs have been selected for a trunk/hatch, or the force required to depress the brake/gas pedals, Compression Testing is required in almost every area of Automotive manufacturing.
The primary objective for measuring and analyzing the compressive forces of a product is to accurately determine one or more of these factors:
- How much force does it take to crush the sample or cause it to fail?
- What are the compressive forces at specific deflections?
- How much deflection or displacement occurs when a specific force is applied?
Topics we’ll discuss:
- General overview of Compression Force Testing
- Force at a known deflection
- Displacement at a known force
- Peak crush or break force
- Establishing Pass/Fail criteria – internally developed specs / industry standards
- Tester types and capabilities
- Selecting the ideal compression plates, probes and fixturing
- Testers in action