Mustang Advanced Engineering recently delivered three specialized test stands to Kettering University to support the university’s Green Mobility Lab located in Flint, Michigan.
The Kettering University Green Mobility Lab consists of three scaled-down full-electric vehicle systems coupled with state-of-the-art electrical power measurement equipment, ideal for the experimental study of electric drivetrains.
Each laboratory station was funded by the U.S. department of Energy under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and consists of the following components:
- A high-voltage, battery-simulating DC power supply from TDK-Lambda Americas Inc.
- A 3-phase variable speed motor drive from Infineon Technologies
- A 18-hp Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Servo Motor from Kollmorgen Corp.
- An MDK-40 Eddy Current fynamometer, simulating vehicular driving resistances from Mustang Advanced Engineering
- Test stand fixturing from Mustang Advanced Engineering
- A WT-1600 digital power meter from Yokogawa Corporation of America
- Each of the three test stands is controlled via National Instruments LabVIEW, allowing easy modification of control software for laboratory experiments or research effort.
The Green Mobility Lab allows students to investigate various interdisciplinary aspects of modern electric vehicles, such as the thermodynamics of semiconductor devices, control schemes of PWM motor drives, state-of-charge management of high-voltage vehicular batteries, and the system-wide optimization of electric vehicle drive trains operating over EPA drive cycles. Two new Electric Engineering courses are being developed around this laboratory, as well as various reserach activities. The new laboratory is planned to be fully operational by Winter, 2011.
Steve Engelman, Director of Marketing and Business Development of MAE remark that, “Mustang is extremely proud to work with the engineering students and faculty at Kettering University on their Green Mobility Lab project. We are always excited to see what the students and faculty at these advanced technical schools are working on and the folks at Kettering are some the nations best brightest engineers. We look forward to seeing what new green technology is developed as a result of this project.”