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Problem Statement

TAKATA has commissioned the University of Idaho Mechanical Engineering department and team Inflators to develop and design a system for testing the work done by a pyrotechnic airbag inflator during deployment. A new testing platform is necessary to better understand what occurs during inflation. This testing platform will be used for inflator development. Current static tank tests do not adequately relate inflator performance to dynamic tests, such as barrier tests. Developing a new inflator testing platform that relates static inflator tests to dynamic tests will allow TAKATA to improve their inflator development process.