Mustang Advanced Engineering recently delivered and installed two engine test cell containers for Anham L.L.C. to the TAJI National Depot – Iraq. The cells will not be duplicate cells due to different engine support requirements for each engine type, Test Cell #1 will be used to test larger engines and Test Cell #2 will be used to test smaller engines than in Test Cell #1. Both cells contain an engine cart and cart receiver, the engine cart will have the engine mounted to it via a rear bell housing bolt pattern and normal mounting pads for the engine in a power pack configuration.
The structural construction of the container system is specifically designed to be assembled and disassembled for relocation. The containers will be split into a top and bottom for shipping. Since fuel can be present in the Test Cells and the storage room, a sump system was used to remove air at a rate greater than 6 air changes per hour to meet NEC Article 500 hazardous locations requirements.
The engine to be tested in Test Cell #1 is a L3 Communications/Continental AVDS-1790-2-750 Hp engine and will be cooled using a NANFENG CW850-1500/3000 water-cooled eddy current. The cell has a cooling hood directing non-cooled outside air into the power pack radiators mounted on the engine. Roof mounted fans will direct the air onto the engine. The heated air will then be pushed through the side of the Test Cell Chamber via a lowered vent. The hood will supply about 20,000 cfm of air over the engine.
Test Cell #2 is used to test four different engines, Detroit Diesel 6V53-212Hp, 6V53T-275Hp (Turbo Charged), 8V71-275Hp, 8V71-320Hp, and 8V71T-440Hp (Turbo Charged), each being cooled with a NANFENG CW440-1500/6500 water-cooled eddy current. This particular eddy current is smaller than the eddy current used in Test Cell #1 due to the fact that it will be testing smaller engines. Test Cell #2 has the same cooling hood configuration as Test Cell #1 with the only difference in the cells being that the hood in Test Cell #2 will supply about 5,000 cfm of air over the engine, as opposed to 20,000 cfm that Test Cell #1 supplies.
Mustang Dynamometer provided its PowerDyne™ hardware and EDtCell™ software for controlling the dyne operation. The user interface is a computer-based system to control the level of excitation, or load, applied to the test motor by the Dynamometer. This hardware and software package is the main interface into the system for Operator. It contains the control loops and features that allow for running in speed, torque, or power configurations.