Goals and ideas

Abuse tests are necessary for the approval of battery systems. They ensure the safety of batteries, can help to optimise the design of systems and contribute to the targeted improvement of the safety of hybrid and electric vehicles. Carrying out destructive tests and the knowledge gained from them increases the crash safety of electric vehicles and contributes significantly to safe electric mobility. The use of the crash site using state-of-the-art measurement and video technology thus extends the testing possibilities of the Safe Electromobility Working Group to include destructive tests with a high risk potential. With the help of the Abuse Centre, THI is sharpening its profile in vehicle safety research, strengthening Ingolstadt as a location for the automotive industry and promoting close networking with local companies. The close, cooperative collaboration in the research field ensures the future viability and competitiveness of local companies.



  • Outdoor test area
  • Fire troughs
  • Controllable short circuit device < 5 mOhm
  • Hydraulic press
  • Nail penetration press
  • Precision Press
  • Measurement technology for voltage, current and temperature logging
  • Image and video recording (infrared, visual (photo, video in HD, high speed)
  • Flame photometer
  • Controllable voltage source (80 V, 40 A, 1000 W)
  • Controllable electronic sink for deep discharge of cells
  • Extinguishing agents (water & CO2)
  • Chemical analysis: 930 Compact IC Flex ion chromatograph with conductivity measuring cell as detector, ion-sensitive electrodes for fluoride and pH value determination

Examples of use

mechanical tests: pressing, (nail) penetration, shock

Electrical tests: short circuit, overcharge, deep discharge / voltage reversal

Thermal tests: thermal stability, fire tests

Others: fire extinguishing tests, waste water analysis

Lab management

Research Professor Battery Systems, Head of SAFIR-Cluster 4
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Georg Schweiger
Phone: +49 841 9348-4500
Room: H026