Aircraft, engine and equipment manufacturers need to be familiar with the behaviour models of their materials when these are subjected to high strain rates, improve the performance of their products and certify their structures to ensure that aircraft are safe and reliable. At THIOT INGENIERIE, our shock physics laboratory and our numerical simulation center work hand in hand to provide you with our global expertise and support you in your projects, from the design phase to the certification.

Using our laboratory launchers (velocities of up to 1200 m/s for the aeronautics sector) equipped with barrels with a calibre of up to 350 mm and our firing-range chambers with metrology tools, we are able to perform impact tests using any type of projectile that poses a threat to aircraft—hailstones, blocks of ice, stones, bird strikes, pieces of tire, propeller and turbine blades—and on any type of structure (windscreen, radome, turbine blade, etc.).

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Thiot Ingenierie’s laboratory

4 gas guns

from 10 m/s to 10.5 km/s
2 firing-range chambers

3 Split-Hopkinson bars

Compression bars (SHPB)
Direct-tensile bars (SHTB)
Torsion bars (SHToB)

1 dynamic press

0 to 200 t in 3 ms
World-unique

1 acceleration generator

Up to 100,000 g

1 detonation chamber

1 firing range (150 m3)

WE MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CERTIFICATION (CS-23, CS-25, CS-29, CS-E, CS-P)

Dynamic tests + numerical simulation

We always combine our laboratory tests with numerical simulation. Why? Because some physical phenomena recorded in the laboratory tests may be anticipated by numerical simulation. In turn, the results of the impact and material characterization tests are used to improve and fine-tune our numerical simulation software, for realistic simulation using real-life configurations.

These two areas of expertise mutually enhance one another to provide you with the most reliable and tangible data concerning the behaviour of your materials and structures during an impact or perforation.

WHEN IT COMES TO PASSENGER SAFETY, HAVING RELIABLE STRUCTURES IS OF CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE

A world-unique laboratory

We have earned the trust of the most prestigious aircraft manufacturers, including Airbus, Airbus Helicopters, Safran, Dassault Aviation and Bombardier. With our 2,500 m 2 of laboratory space and our nine test facilities, we are the sole private laboratory specialised in fast dynamics and shock physics. Our laboratory equipment allows us to swiftly carry out your tests and easily adjust our firing configurations in order to meet all of your requirements.

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Cutting-edge metrology equipment

To obtain the most accurate data possible, we instrument your test setup with the very best metrology tools available. These may include high-speed cameras, interferometers, speed-measurement systems, strain and acceleration gauges, X-ray equipment… Nothing can escape our notice, not even the minutest detail.

Did you know?

Every year in France, there are over 800 reported cases of birds colliding with aircraft. The damage is considered to be serious in 15% of these.

In August 2015, an A320 was caught in a hailstorm in Rome, destroying the nose of the aeroplane and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.

The dramatic Concorde accident in the year 2000 was caused by debris from a tire blowout, which struck one of the fuel tanks.

Why Thiot Ingenierie?

A WINNING TEAM

Shock Physics holds no secrets for our experts, engineers and researchers. They are able to meet your needs in a wide variety of fields of application and will provide you with support for all your projects, from start to finish.

EXPERIMENTATION + SIMULATION

Our strength lies in the ability of our experts to combine dynamic laboratory tests and numerical simulation to provide you with global, exhaustive and practical expertise.

100% PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

Our laboratory is private and independent. We work for industries on sensitive topics. We therefore guarantee our clients the utmost confidentiality for all projects.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? OUR EXPERTS CAN ADVISE YOU

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