Mustang Advanced Engineering today announced that the company has been awarded a contract worth approximately $500K to supply a complete turnkey mileage accumulation test cell including an AC motor chassis dynamometer, robot driver, and a pre-engineered modular sound abatement dynamometer test cell to Environment Canada.
The Motorcycle/ATV Chassis Dynamometer is intended to be used to perform mileage accumulation and emissions certification testing while performing a variety of drive cycles for motorcycles and ATVs having a loaded vehicle mass between 80 – 550 kg. The dynamometer is an AC motor (absorbing/motoring) dynamometer capable of producing a load at 65 km/hr as described in CFR 40 part 86, section 508.78. The dynamometer is capable of producing loads to meet the ECE R40, ECE R47 and the CNS (Taiwan) test procedures as well as customized mode up to the performance specifications outlined.
Mustang’s sophisticated PowerDyne Dynamometer Controller and Software will be supplied with the turnkey system to provide a state-of-the-art dyne contoller, a number of pre-configured test sequences and driver’s traces, and a comprehensive data acquisition package. The Robotic Driver that will be furnished with the system includes 4-Axis control of the throttle, clutch, gear shift, and front brake. The robot driver will be seamlessly integrated with the PowerDyne Software.
All of the test equipment hardware to be supplied will be housed in a 20’ x 20’ pre-engineered, modular sound abatement dynamometer cell. In addition to housing the dynamometer and other hardware, the test cell will include a silenced ventilation system that will provide approximately 8 air changes per minute while still maintaining the noise reduction requirements of this application.
Mustang Advanced Engineering, an operating division of Mustang Dynamometer, is located in Twinsburg, Ohio where the company has been based since 1986. Mustang Dynamometer offers an industry leading line-up of high performance dynamometers and related products. Mustang Advanced Engineering is a leading supplier of advanced, custom engineering testing and measurement systems.
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MAE recently delivered a sophisticated Mobile Laboratory Tow Dynamometer for use in validating tractors to the Nebraska Tractor Test Drawbar Test. Previously MAE delivered the PTO test stand, which is used to perform the PTO portion of the Nebraska Tractor Test to the same customer. The Mobile Lab Tow Dynamometer consists of a modified extended cab class-8 over-the-road truck with a modified powertrain and adjustable front tongue assembly. The system is supplied with a tractor fuel measurement system to measure the pulling tractors fuel usage during testing. A weather Station is located in the dynamometer system to measure ambient temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure, while a portable data pod located in the test tractor’s cab captures the tractor’s engine rpm, engine pressures & temperature. The system is also easily expanded to communicate with the tractor’s ECM.
The cab of the tow dynamometer was also modified with 4 custom air-ride chairs, a work station, alarge mounted plasma monitor, cabinets, and a laptop PC control system. The operator can adjust operating speed ranges right from the driver’s seat. A tractor to tow dynamometer communication system is installed so the system drivers can communicate to each other. The towing hitch assembly has the ability to automatically adjust from 200 to 1,000 mm (8″ to 39″) and can be operated in an auto-follow mode during tow operation.
This sophisticated tow dynamometer was developed and optimized to meet our customer’s specific application and testing requirements. This included maximum continuous drawbar capacity in excess of 130,000 N (30,000 Lbs.) and continuously power absorption in excess of 200 kW (270 Hp). The customer’s requirements limited the speed from 0.5 to 30 km/hr (.3 to 18.6 mph). Future systems that require higher or different performance criteria can be easiliy developed with an optimized powertrain system for power performance up to 450 kW (600 Hp), drawbar performance up to 225,000 N (50,000Lb.) and speeds up to 110 km/hr (70 mph).
Mustang Advanced Engineering recently delivered a custom dynamometer to Meggitt Defense Systems Caswell for the testing of three different-sized Moving Armor Target (MAT) Vehicles ranging in size from 600 lbs to 3,200 lbs, each having a different wheel configurations and track widths and a series of electromagnetic trip sensors.
The dynamometer supplied by MAE was designed to enable MDS Caswell to perform road-load simulated acceleration testing as well as to apply simulated loads for constant velocity testing. The dynamometer was custom engineered to enable it to test three different moving target vehicles including, Moving Armor Target (MAT) model DP62, Elevated (MAT) model DP63, and the Moving Infantry Target (MIT) model DP28.
In addition to providing the engineering support for the design of the custom chassis dynamometer’s track, roller and vehicle restrain systems, Mustang’s needed to design a system to remotely trip various electromagnetic sensors located on the different MAT vehicles. To accomplish this and meet MDS Caswell’s requirements for this functionality, the engineers at MAE incorporated a series of air cylinders to enable the sensors to be tripped as required.
“For this project Mustang had to think out of the box a bit and be creative to come up with a system that was capable of handling such unique vehicles and testing requirements. Our engineers did a great job of handling all of the unique challenges this project threw at them and provided a design and system that exceeded our customers expectations.” stated Vice President of Sales, David Ganzhorn.
The MDS Caswell MAT vehicles are used to simulate a tank or other vehicle for live fire training and qualification programs. It provides training in detecting, identifying and firing upon moving tank targets under simulated combat conditions and is capable of lifting all full-scale flank targets.
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