Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dynamic engine research cells

Dynamic engine research cell (1)

PVRC Facilities research-cell-1A flexible AC dynamometer facility for engine testing over realistic cycles.

State-of-the-art control and data acquisition systems allow integrated control over engine, rig, and fuel injection system.

Dynamometer

  • 200kW transient AC dynamometer

Control and data acquisition system

  • CP 128 tower and CADET V-12 software
  • Max. 256 channels, clutch and throttle control
  • Integrated combustion analysis system (CAS)
  • 48 high speed (crank synchronous, up to 500KS/s) channels for fast emissions or combustion analysis
  • 32 K-type thermocouples
  • 16 PRTs, 16+ pressures, 16+ Analogue channels
  • NEDC drive-cycle capability (can be programmed to perform others)
  • Data acquisition and control using CP Engineering Cadet V14 software allowing complex test scheduling
  • ASAP3 link to engine management tools (GREDI/ETAS)
  • Palletised engine change system
  • CP Engineering FMS1000 fuel weighing system
  • Emissions capability
  • DSpace™ for rapid controller prototyping
  • Emissions equipment

Dynamic engine research cell (2)

PVRC Facilities research-cell-2This dynamic engine test facility has been used mainly for gasoline engine research in the area of automated engine calibration but is capable of multi-fuel operation.

  • Gasoline or diesel capability
  • Cell temperature control to within ± 1°C
  • Tandem transient AC dynamometer configuration with a capacity of up to 400kW
  • Data acquisition and control using CP Engineering Cadet V14 software allowing complex test scheduling
  • INCA4 calibration tool with fast link to Cadet V14 and MATLAB™
  • Emissions equipment

Dynamic engine research cell (3)

PVRC Facilities research-cell-3Our most highly specified dynamic engine test facility delivers exceptional test precision and the highest level of test cell integration. It is a state-of-the-art facility.

  • McClure 215kW transient AC dynamometer
  • Sensor capabilities, 32 thermocouples
  • 16 PRTs, 20 pressures
  • Data acquisition and control using CP Engineering Cadet V14 software allowing complex test scheduling
  • Multiple analogue channels
  • 48 high speed (crank synchronous, up to 500KS/s) channels for fast emissions or combustion analysis
  • Full drive-cycle and transient schedule capability
  • Conditioned fuel supply and measurement
  • Temperature controlled test cell (above ambient)
  • Air flow measurement capability
  • Intercooler/coolant/oil temperature control
  • ASAP3 communication to ECU calibration tool
  • Emissions equipment