Axon Automotive wins contract to simulate bus rollover crash


It has been announced that ultra lightweight vehicle manufacturer, Axon Automotive, has been awarded a contract to simulate rollover crash of vehicles.

This modelling will be undertaken by staff who are some of the few certified people able to carry out this work. The work is being undertaken for Nu-track in Antrim, Northern Ireland to assist them in achieving vehicle certification approval for their new mid-sized 33 seater vehicle.

The need for this type of work has arisen because of the ECE Regulation 66 (R66) which is concerned with Rollover Safety of Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV’s). It requires the vehicle structure to provide a strong safety zone within the passenger compartment for passenger protection during potential rollovers. All coach vehicles sold within EU member states (and some non-EU countries) are required to comply with the R66 regulation.

Although primarily known for their expertise in composite structured vehicles and components, Axon’s knowledge of safety design and modelling for composites is sought across the automotive industry including the bus and coach sector. This includes the capability for Type-Approval for coach rollover because any R66 rollover work has to be approved by the Department for Transport. The Axon approach is to use non-linear modelling with discrete joint and section tests to achieve the required performance, which is fully integrated within the overall vehicle design. This method avoids the need for costly full sized impact testing of the vehicle.

Lyndon Sanders, director at Axon Automotive, said “We are very excited to be doing this work for Nu-track because it underlines the importance of modelling structures for how they perform in accidents across a wide range of vehicles and it is especially good to be involved with a successful British vehicle manufacturer.”

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