Air Springs in Marathon Testing
Air Spring Systems
February 2010This testing method is unmatched anywhere in the world: In its own research and development center in Hanover, ContiTech Air Spring Systems runs a computer simulation of the adversities a vehicle is up against in the course of a very normal life – regardless of whether this involves shifting road conditions, major temperatures fluctuations or varying load conditions.
Multistage tests subject the springs to true-to-life loads, making it possible to identify weaknesses early on. In this way, valuable data is supplied for optimum product development. The trials are thus an important component of the quality management system.
“With our own test rigs, our company is able to build up a better store of knowledge faster,” says Hubertus Gawinski, head of research and development at ContiTech Air Springs. “The rigs allow us to observe what really happens inside a product and provide us with vital information on future applications. While a vehicle is still in the process of being developed at the customer end, we can already simulate how our systems will work in it. This enables us to supply products that can be completely integrated into our customers’ complex systems.”
The one-of-a-kind test rigs yield information that would not be available anywhere else. With them, ContiTech Air Spring Systems is capable, already today, of simulating tomorrow’s chassis situations – and thus of generating data that the vehicle industry is keen to get its hands on. “Almost everyone would like to have a chance to peer into the future,” says Hubertus Gawinski. “In a certain sense, we enable our customers to do just that.”
Enjoys experimenting – with air springs, too:
Hubertus Gawinski, head of research and development at ContiTech Air Spring Systems.