Centre for Road Safety

The Crashlab site at Huntingwood.

Crashlab’s world-class facility has provided a wide range of national research and commercial testing services for more than 40 years. Accredited as a testing laboratory by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Crashlab also holds international accreditation with the UK Vehicle Certification Authority and Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation.

Crashlab’s test laboratory supports the technical contribution to the development and improvement of Australian Standards and Australian Design Rules for seatbelts, child restraints, helmets (pedal cycle and motorcycle), bus seats, wheelchair restraints and vehicle occupant protection in frontal, side and rear impacts.

The test laboratory maintains comprehensive National Association of Testing Authorities, Australian accreditation for compliance and product testing to Australian Standards and Australian Design Rules.
Capabilities include:

  • Dynamic sled testing of child restraints, seatbelts, car/bus/ferry/aircraft seats and wheelchair restraints
  • Helmet testing (motorcycle, pedal cycle and equestrian)
  • Harness testing (industrial/sporting harness and fall arrest devices)
  • Accident investigation of safety equipment from vehicle crashes

Crashlab conducts frontal offset, side impact and pole side impact testing on behalf of ANCAP.

The crash barrier features a 480-square-metre central crash hall, 180m of fully enclosed concrete runway and a movable 110 tonne crash reaction block. A further 30m of uncovered runway leads out into an outdoor area where vehicle roll-over and road safety barrier tests are conducted. The DC drive control system can accurately and safely accelerate an eight-tonne truck from rest to 80km/h or a three-tonne vehicle up to 110km/h.

Crash test dummies are known as anthropomorphic test devices. Dummies are highly sophisticated instruments that carry an extensive set of sensors to measure the forces and accelerations in a crash. They mimic the dimensions, weight distribution and joint articulation of the human body and are capable of measuring the forces on the body in a vehicle crash.

Crashlab has a large family of crash test dummies, representing adults and children of various sizes. They are used in vehicle crash tests to determine the risk of injury for human occupants. Child dummies are used to evaluate the protection provided by child car seats and booster seats.

A vehicle crash is a violent and rapid event usually occurring in less than half a second. The loads and forces that result in serious occupant injury often occur in the first one-tenth of a second. Measurements and data generated from the dummies in a crash test are captured rapidly on sophisticated recording instruments.

For any enquiries, please email crashlab.enquiries@rms.nsw.gov.au