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Introduction to Data Acquisition in Safety Testing


Sensor technology and data acquisition are central elements of safety testing. A 100 % reliability of the used technology in combination with the highest accuracy of the employed sensors are the basis for the success and usefulness of the tests in vehicle development. The course first presents a short overview on the historical development of data acquisition technology in the safety field and continues by going into details of current technologies of sensors, data acquisition as well as dummy and vehicle instrumentation. Based on the procedures of a safety test, the different tasks of calibration and certification of sensors, filtering and evaluation of signals, as well as the calculation and evaluation of measurement errors will be explained. The course provides the basic knowledge in crash data acquisition and gives a comprehensive overview on the procedures employed in data acquisition in the crash testing environment.

Who should attend?

This introductory course aims at new test engineers and project engineers as well as engineers from simulation departments at automotive OEMs, suppliers and engineering service providers.

Course Objectives

The course participants will learn about the technology and terminology of sensor and data acquisition technology used in safety testing. They will be qualified to define tests, to supervise tests and to interpret and evaluate test results.

Course Contents

  • Sensors
    • Basic sensor principles
    • Sensors in safety testing
    • Selection of sensor systems
  • Systems for data acquisition (DAS)
    • State of the art in DAS technology
    • InDummy and Onboard DAS
    • Filtering
  • Instrumentation
    • Overview dummy instrumentation
    • Overview vehicle instrumentation
    • Overview instrumented barriers
  • Evaluation & Measuring Errors
    • Error calculation (set-up of sensors, sensors, DAS, evaluation ...)
    • Sources of errors in crash testing
    • Interpretation of signals
  • Calibration and Certification
    • Dummy certification
    • Sensor calibration
    • SAE J211
  • Procedures
    • Test preparation
    • Test execution
    • Test evaluation

Thomas Wild
Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH

Wild Thomas Wild studied Electrical and Tele-Communications Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt. Since 1996 he has been employed at Continental Safety Engineering International as a measurement engineer. 1998 - 2001, he assumed additional responsibilities as an application engineer in the algorithm development. Since 2003 he is team leader measurement and video technology. Since 1997 he works in the working group Data Processing in Vehicle Safety (MDVFS).

This course is available as an in-house seminar. The trainer comes to your site - you save travel expenses and travel time. Get an offer.

Your contact person

Dr. Dirk Ulrich
Phone.: 06023 - 96 40 - 66

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