NIAR Crash Dynamics Lab

NIAR Crash Dynamics Lab

Wichita State University, Wichita KS

Wichita State University Innovation Campus

TESSERE developed a program which resulted in a 20,500-square-foot testing facility to retrofit the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)’s new proposed Dynamic Sled System. The goal of this building is to provide clients with small- to full-scale testing capabilities.

This Crash Dynamics Laboratory, located on the Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus, enables NIAR to conduct research in emerging transportation fields, allows for sufficient length to operate the sled system, and easily provides maintenance on a yearly basis.

Project Details

The facility houses two client-specific areas composed of a conference room, work area, and test article preparation room. A virtual lab space also provides a large open office with enclosed conference rooms and multiple workstations for running tests virtually. The remaining space is used for the control room that serves the Dynamic Sled System, ATD (crash test dummy) calibration laboratory and Component test laboratory. Storage mezzanines are provided throughout the building to assist with physical testing spaces.


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