Vehicle testing in our advanced  laboratories ensures that manufacturers have a complete understanding of how vehicles and their components will perform while in use. Element provides vehicle durability testing on partial and full vehicle systems.

Vehicle testing supports design innovation and reduces risk exposure by detecting defects early in the development process. It is also essential for determining expected vehicle lifespan. The techniques used in Element laboratories rely on accelerated durability testing of both full vehicles and individual components, which precisely replicates real-world conditions in a laboratory environment. Whether you test at the full-vehicle, subsystem, or component level, Element has the expertise and the equipment to provide testing solutions that enhance the sturdiness of your product.

Laboratory technology for vehicle durability testing

Our experts utilize real-time multi-axial or tire coupled 4 & 6-post road technologies that accurately replicate in-service forces and motions.

During testing, we subject the vehicle to stress-inducing inputs (variations in loads, road characteristics and environmental conditions), on an accelerated testing schedule that replicates years of wear, then assess how such inputs affect the vehicle and its components. The data collected is critical to the design validation phase of the vehicle development process.  This helps manufacturers ensure the integrity of the vehicle and project its minimum expected service life.

In addition to durability testing, we provide complete instrumentation and transducerization services, road load data acquisition and analysis, data editing and analysis, thermal shock, accelerated weathering, vibration testing, and buzz, squeak, and rattle (BSR) evaluations under environmental conditions. 

Element provides certainty that your vehicle, subsystems or components will withstand the load conditions and environmental stresses expected during  its service life.

Accelerated vehicle testing capabilities

Element's extensive capabilities cover all vehicle classes, from passenger cars to light, medium and heavy trucks, transport trailers, off-highway equipment (agricultural and construction), military vehicles, school and transit buses, commuter coaches, and more. Our industry-leading experts perform a variety of mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical testing for a wide range of vehicle classes.

Our transportation laboratories are outfitted with advanced testing equipment and road simulators that replicate the most representative driving profiles, road surfaces and weather conditions associated with real-life challenges that a vehicle could face in its service environment.

We work with major vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, offering flexible and customized solutions to create accelerated laboratory-based testing methods that support shorter product life cycles to bring products to market quickly and efficiently.

The Element advantage

As your trusted materials and product qualification testing partner, we provide a full complement of automotive test solutions designed to ensure you deliver safe, reliable, and durable vehicles to the market.
To learn more about our comprehensive range of vehicle durability tests, or our diverse range of other vehicle and component testing capabilities, contact us today.

Equipment we test

From components all the way through to the full vehicle, our capabilities allow us to test just about any product. Some of the equipment we test includes:

Test standards

We perform durability tests for suppliers and OEMs within the transportation industry according to technical specifications, industry standards, national and international standards. These include:

  • MIL-STD-810
  • IEC 60068-2-1, -2, -6, -14, -27, -29, -30, -32, -38, -52, -64, -74, -78 and others
  • JDQ 53.3
  • ASTM D4169
  • GMW 3172
  • RTCA DO-160G
  • ANSI C136.31
  • ASTM D4728
  • GMW 8287
  • USCAR 21
  • ASTM D999
  • JIS D1601

Durability test methods

Our full spectrum of vehicle durability testing services encompasses a variety of mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical tests that help characterize the durability of your vehicle, subsystem or component.

We perform:

Our Services

Find out more about the services we provide to the transportation industry.

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Servo-Hydraulic Testing

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Vibration Testing

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