In our 2500 m2 laboratory, we carry out impact tests. We can fire any type of projectile onto any kind of target, so long as it fits into a 350 mm barrel. With test velocities ranging from a few meters per second to over 10 km/s, we are able to respond to all of the requirements of the aeronautics, defence, aerospace and civil engineering sectors, as well as those of manufacturers and major scientific research programs. Our test equipment — which is the fruit of 30 years of experience in the development of equipment for the study of fast dynamics—allows you to swiftly carry out the test campaigns specifically developed by our teams to meet your needs.
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
1 acceleration generator
Up to 100,000 g
1 detonation chamber
1 firing range (150 m3)
IMPACT TESTS AT SPEEDS RANGING FROM 10 M/S TO 10.5 KM/S!
Understanding and improving the properties of your structures
There is no limit to what we can test! Possible scenarios include tyre impacts on helicopter blades, hailstone impacts on aircraft radomes, ballistic impacts on military armour and micrometeorite impacts on satellites at a speed of 10.5 km/s. Whether it is for certification purposes or to develop new concepts, the impact tests that we perform will allow you to understand and optimise your products.
We offer you nearly 30 years of experience in the highly specialised scientific fields of shock physics and fast dynamics. Our experts, engineers and researchers will work alongside you to study the behaviour of your structures that are subjected to high strain rates and, together, we will find ways to improve their performance.
Because our clients’ satisfaction always comes first, our laboratory has been designed so that we may adapt our procedures to meet your most specific needs: a firing-range chamber able to accommodate large structures, easily adjustable test parameters, heating of targets, firing of projectiles onto targets of a hazardous nature, etc.
To enable you to obtain the most accurate results possible, we instrument your test setup with a wide range of metrology tools, according to your requirements. These may include high-speed cameras, X-ray equipment, interferometry equipment, strain gauges and velocity-measurement systems. You will know and understand everything about your structures.
The global expertise
The close proximity of our numerical simulation centre and the ongoing collaboration between the centre and our test laboratory are a major asset, allowing us to provide you with the most reliable and accurate results possible. This collaboration enables us to retrieve the large quantities of data obtained from our physical tests and implement these in our solvers. We can then fine-tune our computer codes and thus simulate impact and shock phenomena as realistically as possible. Testing and computer codes work together to provide the most accurate results possible.
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.