Department of Automotive Engineering

Automotive Systems Integration Facilities

Renk Labeco 4-Wheel 500 HP Chassis Dyno and Faist Semi-Anechoic Chamber*
The Renk system is a low-noise chassis dynamometer housed in a semi-anechoic chamber, making it able to perform driveline noise studies, mileage assessments, sound measurements and all other chassis dynamometer and sound room-related test activities.

Renk Labeco 4-wehll 500 hp chassis dymo

MTS 320 Tire Coupled Road Simulator and Weiss Climate Test Chamber*
This facility will support testing for squeaks and rattles, vibration, structural durability, suspension characterization and fastener integrity. The road simulator is in an environmental chamber, allowing for many unique testing possibilities.

MTS Tire Couples Road Simulator & Weiss Climate Test Chamber


FEV 500 HP Engine Dyno Test Cell
*
A containerized and expandable facility, this system accommodates testing of performance, engine durability and components, emissions, fuel, catalysts, and engine mapping and calibration.

FEV 500 HP Engine Dyno Test Cell

Okuma MB-46 VAE 3-Axis Milling Machine

The MB-46VAE is a 3-axis Computer Numerically-Controlled (CNC) Mill used in machining characterization and control studies. Current research is in machining of lightweight and difficult-to-machine alloys, physics-based modeling of the cutting process, integrated machine metrology and error characterization and machining of composite materials.
- 15 HP, 15000-rpm spindle
- Kistler bed dynamometer
- 40-tool magazine
- ThINC OSP-200 controller
Okuma MB-46
Okuma LB-4000EX Lathe
The LB-4000EX is a general purpose multi-function machine designed to reduce set up time by virtually eliminating repetitive fixturing to improve accuracy and keep non-cutting time to a minimum. It features the industry’s first Collision Avoidance System software. Combined with Okuma’s THINC-OSP Control, this software can run the entire machining simulation and catch potential collisions before they create scrap.
- 12-tool magazine with live tooling
- 10-in main chuck
Okuma LB-4000EX Lathe


Machine Shop
*
A well-equipped machine shop with turning, milling, drilling, sawing, welding and plasma cutting capabilities is located within the Campbell Center.

machine shop
General-Purpose Lab Area
The laboratory, which is not available to the public, has a large general-purpose high bay area with a 5-ton overhead crane and two Rotary vehicle lifts. One is a two-arm 10,000 lb. capacity lift, and the other is a four-post 14,000 capacity alignment lift.
general lab space
Chamber 1: Vibration Chamber and Shaker System♦
This temperature and humidity chamber interfaces with a vibration shaker, as specified below. Shaker-climate tests as well as stand-alone climate tests are possible. The shaker system can be used for vertical vibration testing as well as lateral vibration testing.

Vibration Chamber Features and Specifications
Size (working volume): 260 cm wide x 260cm deep x 220 cm high
Temperature Range: -50° C to + 120° C
Controlled Relative Humidity: between 10-95 percent, over the temperature range of +10° C to + 95° C
Tolerance +/-0.7 K; +/-3 percent relative humidity (3-D space and time-wise)
Temperature Cooling/Heating Rate: 2 K/min

Shaker System Features and Specifications
Force Rating:  29kN (6,500 lbs)
Displacement Peak-to-Peak: 50.8 mm (2 inches) minimum
Velocity: 1.8 m/s (71 inches/sec)
Acceleration: 735 m/sec2 (75 g)
Low Noise Operation Mode: during low-noise operation mode, the noise level is <NR35 according to ISO 1996. This mode is useful for squeak and rattle testing.


CU-ICAR component lab shaker and vibration chamber
Chamber 2: Solar Chamber and Solar Array
Walk-in chamber used to perform climate tests and well as solar simulation tests. The chamber interfaces with the solar array.

Solar Chamber Features and Specifications
Temperature Range: -50° C to + 120° C
Controlled Relative Humidity: between 10-95 percent, over the temperature range of +10° C to + 95° C
Tolerance +/-0.7 K; +/-3 percent relative humidity (3-D space and time-wise)

Solar Array Features and Specifications
Solar Simulation: Spectrum per DIN 75220
Intensity at the component level (component reference/measurement level is defined at 95cm above chamber floor)
Solar Box Setup: a solar box with inclined windshield is available to simulate real in-vehicle conditions for parts that are commonly exposed to solar irradiation, but are located inside the cockpit.
Air Speed: inside the climate chamber <1m/s; inside test box: <0.3m/s

CET solar chamber and solar array

Okuma MU-500 5-Axis Machining Center*
The MU-500 is a universal machining center, able to remove material in any accessible orientation to the cutter. It allows for cutting of freeform surface geometry and is also driven by the Okuma THINC controller.

Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Services Tools*
The Campbell Center is equipped with a full range of vehicle instrumentation and data acquisition tools. The staff has extensive experience with in-vehicle measurements for both on- and off-road operations.

*These facilities may be rented for testing needs.

CU-ICAR laboratory and testing video                           

Test equipment information and rates

•These facilities are part of the CU-ICAR Component Testing Lab and are also available for commercial rentals.