TESTING AND VALIDATION

We have disposal of high-tech test and validation infrastructure, which is not only used for our own research. Companies can call upon our services to develop a new concept, validate their own solutions or perform extensive tests on component or system level. We also have workshops, tools and materials available to build and adjust prototypes in all confidentiality. Discover our infrastructure on our website and read the testimonies below. 

 

VALIDATION OF NEW REAR-WHEEL DRIVE OF DANA

Vehicle manufacturer Dana from Bruges uses the modular multi-load drivetrain at Flanders Make to validate a new rear-wheel drive. The modular multi-load drivetrain simultaneously simulates a wide range of wheel speeds (> 2,000 rpm), engine speeds (> 2,000 rpm) and loads (> 1,500 Nm). This corresponds with the wide range of performance requirements that Dana’s rear-wheel drives must meet in the real world.

These tests focus on the one hand on the accuracy of the direction of the torque that is generated by the drive. On the other hand, we look at the controller parameters to ensure maximum performances in all operating conditions.

Concept design of active rear-wheel drive

SOURCE: brochure DANA

ACCELERATED LIFETIME TESTS ON A SARIS TRAILER

SARIS trailers stand for quality. The Dutch family business continuously innovates to ensure optimum performances. They recently adapted the concept of several of their models, among others for quality improvement reasons. To validate this adapted concept, they called on the knowledge and expertise of Flanders Make.

The trailers were placed on the 4-poster automotive test system or vehicle shaker to perform accelerated lifetime tests. Accelerated lifetime tests are a cost-effective method for validating a product within a short time frame.

VALIDATION TESTS FOR THE ADHESIVE SYSTEM FOR A TANK OF VERWATER TANK & INDUSTRIAL SERVICES

Verwater Tank & Industrial Services wants to glue a double roof platform onto one of its tanks with explosive material. In its Joining & Materials Lab, Flanders Make performs validation tests on the pre-set adhesive system. Verwater Tank & Industrial Services delivers samples for these tests, with and without coating.

The purpose of these tests is measuring the strength and stiffness of the glued samples so that the results of these tests can be used to validate the adhesive system before it is used for this challenging application. The samples delivered for both shearing and tensile tests are tested on the draw-bench in our Joining & Materials Lab.

The first tests clearly show the need to thoroughly roughen the surface to be glued together. Further tests will study the impact of the surface roughness on the selected adhesive system. In these tests, the surface characteristics are measured to enable mapping out as many process parameters of the adhesive bonding process as possible.