Testing:

Four tests were performed on the Snow Badger avalanche shovel to see if the shovel would be able to perform out in the back country. Testing was performed after the shovel had been in the freezer for 24 hours.

The first test performed was a three point bending scenario with the load concentrated on the shovel head. The point of the test was to simulate a load of snow on the blade of the shovel.

The next test performed was a tensile test on the pin holes of the shaft. When holes are drilled in a composite material it normally leads to a weak point in the composite. By testing the tensile strength at the pin holes we are able to see if our shovel's weak point will have sufficient enough strength.

The next test performed on the Snow Badger avalanche shovel was a torque test on the shaft of the shovel. The torque test was performed to determine the max torque the shaft can sustain.

The last test performed was a three point bending scenario test. The test was performed to determine if the shaft could wihstand a force placed on the middle of the shaft

Summary of Test Results

Test Type Description Result Pass/Fail
3-point Flex on Blade Shovel needs to withstand a 3-point Flex test on the shovel blade of 50 lb 53 lb Max
Tensile Test Pinned areas will be tested in tension until failure 438.6 lb Max
Torque A torque will be applied to the pinned area of the shaft until failure 71.3 lbĀ  Max
3-point Flex on shaft Shovel needs to withstand a 3-point Flex test on the shovel shaft until 150lb load 155.5 lb Pass