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Monday, November 21, 2016

APV Test Centre featured on Channel 7 news during the recent visit by the Hon Darren Chester, the Federal Minister for Transport


The Hon Darren Chester, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, along with Mr James Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer of ANCAP, (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program), visited the APV Test Centre on November 16th, to tour the facilities and to later meet with Media from Channel 7 to discuss the rising Australian road toll and the importance of the New Car Assessment Program.


Darren Chester, discussing Bull Bar test programs with Steve Cooper, General Manager for APV Engineering and Testing Services.

During the visit Darren, had the opportunity to see first-hand Australia’s most advanced test facility of its type supporting advanced manufacturing in Australia and our contribution to road safety, survivability, and passive safety systems - (systems that ensure occupant protection, whether it be motor cars, military vehicles, helicopters, etc,etc).


In addition to the testing for ANCAP on vehicle safety and a live Bull Bar test, Darren and James, witnessed Airbag Deployments, Child Seat Testing, Car Seat Cover and Industrial Durability testing that was underway for our customers. It is hard not to come away impressed from such a visit.

Similarly, they could see the extensive work going on behind the scenes into our Seatbelt and Military Restraint development and testing – all Australian designed and manufactured product, from which 40% of revenues are derived from exports.


Steve Cooper discussing the technology by Crash Dummies, and the future investment in modernisation of the Test Centre for World SID.


James Goodwin explaining the importance of purchasing a 5 star vehicle and even with a limited budget that we can all be safer driving a second hand 5 star vehicle manufactured in the last 5 years that a vehicle over 10 years old.
The Hon Darren Chester visit to the test centre.
The Hon Darren Chester at the APV Test Centre regarding Road Safety. Channel 7 news feed on Nov 16th, 2016.


Friday, July 15, 2016

APV-Tech Centre – Concussion head band testing


APV’s testing facility at Campbellfield Victoria, has been utilised in the testing of an innovative new device intended to combat the detrimental effects of concussion in sport. A head band, designed to be worn by sporting participants, measures and records the high accelerations, (G’s), a person’s head experiences when involved in strong collisions and impacts which sometimes occur during a contact sporting event. The ultimate aim of the headband is to allow monitoring and management of sports men and sports women to minimise the harmful consequences of concussion in sport.

Testing carried out in APV’s Crash testing energy dissipation rig, employed a Hybrid III dummy wearing the headband, with head trauma achieved via impacts with a swinging pendulum. Several impacts were performed with the pendulum being released from ever increasing heights to impart more energy to the head of the dummy. Acceleration measurements recorded by the rigs instrumentation were used to correlate with levels recorded by accelerometers mounted in the headband’s instrumentation.


The effect of strong body contact was also investigated with the use of a heavier pendulum mass impacting the chest of the dummy. The subsequent head rotation was captured by gyroscopic transducers in the head band, with linear motions being captured by the headband’s accelerometers.

Acceleration levels as high as 120 g were achieved in the investigation and data collected provided the ground work for fine tuning the sensitivity of the device. In practice, the headband’s output would be wirelessly sent to a phone or other media device to give a coach the critical information needed to allow a decision to be made as to whether a player is safe to continue playing after a minor bump, or if the player should be immediately removed from the field and monitored closely after a severe high G impact.

See the entire episode covering APV’s testing at the link below: