Department of Automotive Engineering

Vehicle Performance 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
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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
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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

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