Rail impact testing is better known as a "hump test" because
of the slight hill or hump in the rail yard used to accelerate individual rail
cars to connect them to a line of cars in the yard. NATC has a dedicated rail
impact facility for simulating rail humping activities in accordance with
MIL-STD-810, EC or other specifications, evaluating tie-down systems and cargo
NATC is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation
and the U.S. Coast Guard for testing and witnessing manufacturer tests of all
types of shipping containers to CSC, CFR, and ISO standards. These tests include
but are not limited to stacking, lifting by top and bottom corner fittings,
lifting from fork lift pockets, lifting at grappler arm positions, side wall and
end wall strength, roof strength, floor strength, rigidity (transverse and
longitudinal), restraint (longitudinal) and weatherproofness.
NATC conducts test to validate transport and handling
classifications for munitions, gas generators, batteries, and other explosives
and combustibles for both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S.
Department of Defense. Tests include slow and fast cook-off tests, drop tests,
and environmental tests. A full range of
instrumentation is available to support
these test procedures.