HSL helps organisations in the transport sector, whether
operating by road, rail, air or sea, to identify, assess and
control risks to health and safety.
To enable them to do this we provide a range of world-class
facilities capable of fulfilling both standard and bespoke testing
Innovative testing we have conducted for our transport industry
clients has, for example, included work to ensure the
safety of future refuelling stations for hydrogen-powered cars, and
the fire resistance testing of plastic fuel tanks for compliance
with European Standard ECE R 34, Annex 5.
Impact Rail Tracks
Our 265 metre main impact track consists of a single
railway with dual rails (outer and inner gauge)which run down
profiled banks on either side of a valley into a flat impact area
at the valley floor.
The track can be used for impact testing, collision testing,
shock testing, high strain rate testing, wire rope testing and
other compressive or tensile tests.
The main railway impact track has a 4MJ maximum impact
Explosives Railway and Tunnel Facility
For the purposes of testing rail transport security and
understanding incident consequence, HSL possesses a section of
railway, a train and a tunnel representative of those found on
underground/metro rail systems.
Fuel Tank Test Facility
HSL is able to test vehicle fuel tanks for resistance to
petrol fires in accordance with the requirements of
UN ECE Regulation 34.
Bonfire Tank Test Facility
Our bonfire facility designed for conducting tests on
carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) fuel tanks to Global
Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 13.
Battery Safety Facility
Used to study the risks arising from battery manufacture,
transport, storage and use, our battery safety chamber is a
purpose-built enclosure with a separate control room from which
HSL's battery testing specialists can initiate and monitor the
failure of cell and battery packs.
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Cryogenic Release Pad
Our Cryogenic Release Facility provides the ability to
perform metered and instantaneous releases of both liquid nitrogen
(LN) and liquified natural gas (LNG) for consequence
Electrostatic Fluid Flow Facility
This large-scale facility can be used for measuring
electrostatic charge generation on liquids and components
(including composites) during fluid flow.
Hydrogen Storage and Release Facility
This facility consists of a manifold system for hydrogen,
and purge gas cylinder packs. Each vessel provides 1000 bar storage
and has a 50 litre capacity.
Our 25mm bore gas gun can test projectile masses typically
ranging from 1g to 1kg at speeds up to Mach 1, with the potential
for more depending upon requirements. The gas gun enclosure has two
ports for high speed video that can enable co-efficient of
This facility can be used for test coupons, whilst a large
enclosure also allows us to test components.
Multi-Purpose Engineering Laboratory
(inc. Strong Floor)
Our Engineering Laboratory houses a range of test equipment
including: 50t/150t/250t universal test machines; a Rosand impact
machine, and a strong floor.
This equipment is suitable for benchmarking materials and for
small component testing.
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