How to Create a Vehicle Crash Test Project

By Paul Vaughn

This project will allow students of any age, to construct a vehicle for crash testing. Vehicles will contain a raw egg that will survive the crash test or will crack and splatter. Crash test is conducted from an 8ft long, 40 degree incline plan test trak, into a solid brick.

Criteria and constraints for crash test vehicle project

  1. Vehicle body design must have a front end crumple zone
  2. Body design must approximate a car or truck design
  1. Body design may only use materials from materials list provided in things you need column
  2. Body design must have front end crumple zone
  3. Body design must include a seat design to support the raw egg, cut to fit vehicle platform

Objectives: 1. Design a crash test vehicle body that will protect one raw egg in shell restrained on vehicle seat attached to pre-made vehicle platform with attached axles and wheels 2. Test body design by running crash test vehicle down 8ft track set on 40 degree angle into solid brick 3. Successful design will allow egg to survive test without damage

Vehicle must not exceed length and width of pre-made vehicle platform. Plastic wheels and axles can be bought at your local hobby shop. Vehicle body design should be glued to vehicle platform and axles should be secured to vehicle platform one inch from each end. Model glue works the best at holding axles in place.

Once vehicle is assembled, axles secured to bottom of vehicle platform, plastic wheels attached to axles, vehicle body glued to vehicle platform, raw egg secured in vehicle, use test track to test your design. if egg survives uncracked, your design is succesfull. If egg cracks, determine what part of the vehicle needs re-enforcing and modify design. Test on track until egg survives testing.

Tip

Be very careful when using cutting tools. Make sure they are sharp to make cuts easier. Never use a dull cutting tool. Children under 14, should be supervised when they are using cutting tools as well as construction the test track.

Warning

Model glue should be applied with adult supervision and kept stored in a secure place. Cutting tools should be kept in a secure place when not in use.

About the Author

Paul Vaughn has worked in the auto and diesel mechanics field for 10 years and as public school automotive vocational teacher for five years. He currently teaches high school auto tech, covering year model vehicles as old as 1980 to as new as 2007.