Competency Group: Material Science
Type: Measure Hardware
Description: Impact systems measure impact resistance, which is one of the most important properties for component designers to consider, as well as the most difficult to quantify. Impact resistance is a critical measure of service life and it involves the perplexing problem of product safety and liability. Samples of materials or components undergo a range of tests in order to assess how a component will behave in various conditions.
Citation for Description: Instron. (2012). Instron Products: By Product Type, Impact Systems. Retrieved from http://www.instron.co.uk/wa/product/Impact-Testing-Systems.aspx
Units: Impact resistance index
Advantages: Will show how a component can survive in extreme conditions.
Limitations: Will cost a couple of prototypes which will be deliberately broken.
Regulations: Advanced Engineering Technologies. (n.d.). Industry Standards Including Impact or Drop Test Requirements. Retrieved from http://www.aetechnology.com/faq/impact.htm
Target Audience: Engineering, R&D
Relevant to Universal Design: No
Stages and Steps: 2.2, 4.2, 4.12, 5.2, 5.3
Purchase Resource: Instron. (2012). Instron Products: By Product Type, Impact Systems. Retrieved from http://www.instron.co.uk/wa/product/Impact-Testing-Systems.aspx