New test facility for abuse tests on large-scale batteries

CTC advanced has driven forward its testing capabilites for the automotive industry by a test facility for abuse tests on large-scale batteries, which is almost unique within Europe.

By using an external property with connection to the infrastructure of a vehicle test site, it is now possible to perform tests, which, due to their characteristics, can only be carried out in an almost explosion-proof environment.

A major advantage of this new facility is the possibility to test particularly large-scale batteries. This testing environment of CTC advanced is unique in Germany.

A footprint of 240 x 180 cm and a height of 200 cm is available for the application of abuse tests to the test item. Batteries with a total mass up to 1.000 kg can be tested.

An exhaust air system with pocket filters and activated carbon filters derives generated outgassing. The required safety in case of a fire is secured by a CO2 extinguishing system controlled from outside.

The following tests can be performed in the new facility:

  • Propagation
    Trigger method:
    cell overcharge/cell short circuit/heating/nail penetration
  • Short circuit
    with max. 1 kV/20 kA for 10 s and a resistance of 5-80 mOhm
  • Crush-Test (available soon)
    for test items up to a size of 200 x 160 x 60 cm and a force of max. 120 kN (according to ECE R 100/136)


Further customer specific tests, such as degassing tests, can also be performed on request!

There is sufficient space around the test field for the insertion and the set-up of customer-owned test equipment. A CEE 16 A is available for our customers as power supply (CEE 32 A on request).

Please note that the local conditions require the delivery of test items and customer’s own test equipment by truck with a lifting platform.

Also in this new external test environment, CTC advanced offers its customers the same possibilities for measurement data and video recording known from its lab sector:

  • high speed data logger:
    8 channels up to 50 kS/s assignable with voltage, temperature (max. 2) and current
  • data logger:
    40 channels up to 10 S/s assignable with voltage, temperature and current
  • Video:
    HD video recording with max. 25 FPS (mp4 format)
    IR      infrared video up to 30 FPS
  • DC voltage supply:
    0-80 V / 180A / 5kW
    0-1 kV / 30A / 10 kW (on request)
    0-20 V / 30 A
  • BMS/BUS Logging:
    4 CAN channels each up to 1 Mbaud
    2 Ethernet 10Mbit/100Mbit/1Gbit/BroadR Reach

We look forward to receiving your inquiries about the tests you require or your questions about our new abuse test facility.

Here you will find our factsheet Abuse & Propagation.

Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you: mail@ctcadvanced.com