Gymnastic product tests

The InnoSportLab ‘s-Hertogenbosch has a ‘drop hammer’ with which gymnastic product tests can be carried out. The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) sets certain conditions for products before they can be used at (inter)national competitions. These conditions can be tested on the basis of this drop hammer. The drop hammer consists of two cameras, an accelerometer, a laser and an impact weight.

An example of a product to be tested is an airtrack. During the measurements with the drop hammer, 3 different parameters that apply to the relevant air track are calculated.

– The first parameter that is calculated is the maximum ‘impact’ force. This is calculated on the basis of the weight of the impactor (in kg) and the acceleration of the impactor (in m/s2) when the impactor falls (this is released from vertical). The maximum power is given in Newton.

– The second parameter that is calculated is the damping (in mm). The damping is the distance between the top of the air track (this is called the baseline) and the maximum displacement of the impactor below this baseline. This indicates how far the airtrack has been dented by the impactor.

– The third parameter that is calculated is the height of the ‘rebound’. This is the distance between the baseline and the maximum displacement of the impactor above the baseline (so how far the impactor is lifted up again).

On the basis of the results, it can be checked whether the product meets the required conditions.
In addition to gymnastic product tests, many more can be tested with the drop hammer. Wondering if the drop hammer can test your product? Feel free to contact us.

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Interested in the possibilities from InnoSportLab ‘s-Hertogenbosch for your sport? Feel free to contact us.

ContactMaurice Aarts
E-mailinfo@isldb.nl