Research and practical tests are vital to provide engineers with a comprehensive knowledge base for the thorough understanding of the collision / incidents that they are investigating.

GBB is proud of the fact that it has its own independently funded research department that carries out crash testing and on-going research projects.

GBB has also developed its own laboratory based low speed collision simulator which can produce repeatable collisions time after time.

Areas of current and previous research include:

  • Low speed collision tests have been carried out to measure and understand the magnitude of the accelerations experienced by the occupants, and also to determine the extent and types of marks and damage to the vehicles.
  • The accelerations experienced during normal everyday activities have been measured to allow a comparison with the accelerations experienced by the occupants of a vehicle during a low speed collision.
  • Headlamp testing has been carried out to help understand the performance of different types of headlamps, and when objects / pedestrians could be expected to be detected and identified at night.
  • The amount of dive and lift of the front and rear of a vehicle under emergency braking has been measured to assist in determining whether one or both vehicles were braking when a collision occurred.
  • A test rig has been developed to assist in determining the root cause of a series of vehicle fires.
  • Corrosion tests have been carried out to quantify the rate of corrosion of suspension components to help determine their condition a number months before failure.
  • Tests have been carried out to measure the amount of exhaust emissions that enter a vehicle when there are different types of damage to the bodywork.
  • Bicycle pitch over has been researched using a modified bicycle.
  • Tests have been carried out with a motorcycle to determine the level of acceleration required before a pillion passenger is unable to hold on.