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About the Drop Tower and Pendulum Facilities

The Drop Tower and Pendulum Facilities house three drop towers and multiple pendulums for use in under-vehicle blast acceleration and helmet impact testing.
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Facility Equipment

Data Capture

Data Capture

Data in this facility is captured using several high-speed video cameras and digital data-acquisition systems capable of high-throughput data capture.
Drop Towers

Drop Towers

Two seven-meter-high drop towers are used to simulate under-vehicle blast accelerations to component systems using a custom-designed lever-arm mechanism and reaction tower decelerator. There is also a helmet testing drop tower that accommodates six-meter-per-second impacts.
Pendulums

Pendulums

Pendulums include a six-wire swinging mass pendulum that accommodates various mass sizes and a rigid-arm pendulum, both of which accomplish a ten-meter-per-second impact. Another custom-designed rigid-arm pendulum is used for various helmet impact testing, including football and military helmet evaluations.

For further information

Senior Engineer Michael Schlick, MS 

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Senior Engineer Jason Moore, MS 

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