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JLR heads to LA with I-Pace

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Engineer Simon Patel takes potential I-Pace customer Ann Voyer on a long-distance real world road trip from Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo to test the vehicle's range and durability

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Waymo unveils self-driving cars

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Waymo, which started as the Google self-driving car project in 2009, is ready for the next phase. Fully self-driving vehicles are currently being tested on public roads, without anyone in the driver’s seat.

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As vehicle developers and suppliers continue to advance their software programs, ATTI wants to know, has simulation software established itself as the single most vital piece of equipment during a development program?

Ford's weather factory

Take a tour of this new, multi-million dollar environmental test facility, which is claimed to be the most advanced of its kind. More information here.


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Articles

Safer analysis of onboard chargers

How Keysight's compact, two-quadrant, regenerative power converter test solution with integrated safety features accelerates test time, and protects both users and devices under test

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by Giacomo Tuveri


SEAT uses HBM autonomous DAQ system

SEAT and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (BarcelonaTech) have jointly developed a unique data acquisition enabling more precise control over instrumented parts and the entire data acquisition process

 

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Modern calculation management

The engineering department at Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing is taking steps to improve its rigid-frame hauling truck design through improving its analysis tools

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Traveling in a Volkswagen that is still to be developed

Volkswagen Group’s IT Virtual Engineering Lab has developed a virtual concept car using digital future technology

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The importance of software engineering

Tier 1 supplier GKN’s software and electronics manager, Michael Schomisch, discusses how software development is becoming increasingly important in vehicle testing

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Daimler reveals how the GLC F-Cell went from testing to production

With the Mercedes GLC F-Cell SUV unveiled at Frankfurt this week, Daimler has revealed the extensive testing process the first production plug-in hydrogen-powered car was put through

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Speaker Q&A: Jerry Beeney, FLIR Systems

The business development manager, who will be presenting at Automotive Testing Expo in Novi, Michigan, discusses current measurement tools and techniques used to measure high-speed targets, including thermal cameras and contact and non-contact temperature measurement systems.

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Conti celebrates 50th anniversary of the Contidrom

The German tire giant looks back on 50 years of testing and development at its flagship facility

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Cruden launches new simulator technology

The system designed for ADAS and autonomous vehicle testing enables engineers to add as much hardware- or software-in-the-loop as they wish

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Q&A: Michael Guerrero, senior research engineer, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

Guerrero reveals details of a new component test methodology being developed at HATCHI

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Q&A: Dr Reza Bihamta, CAE expert, General Motors

Bihamta discusses the latest challenges in the simulation of joining techniques

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In-dummy data acquisition

Kistler’s digital transducer interface technology is enabling Continental Safety Engineering to yield data quicker and more accurately than ever before

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Keep on trucking

Daimler Trucks uses LMS Tecware measurement instrumentation to collect data yields on customer usage profiles and develop its durability test cycles

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Interview: Klaus Vosteen, ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg

The executive and technical director reveals his vision of the test track of the future

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GKN opens new US winter test base

The facility at the Smithers Winter Test Center in Brimley, Michigan, will enhance GKN Driveline’s test capabilities for all-wheel-drive and e-drive systems

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Oscilloscopes for dynamic axle torque measurements

Mike Hertz, senior field applications engineer at Teledyne LeCroy, discusses a new test methodology for accurately characterizing automotive axle torque, which combines dynamic parametric measurements with numerical script processing

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by Mike Hertz, senior field applications engineer, Teledyne LeCroy


Mercedes-Benz test facility celebrates 50th anniversary

The OEM gives an exclusive tour of its Untertürkheim proving ground in Germany

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Materials evaluation at SEAT

An electron microscope installed at the auto maker’s technical center in Martorell, Spain, provides powerful analysis capabilities in materials durability testing

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Water management simulation

BMW used the latest Exa PowerFlow water management capabilities to develop its windscreen sprayer modules

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Augmented reality enhances VW development

ATTI visits Volkwagen’s Virtual Engineering Lab in Wolfsburg, Germany, where augmented reality is enabling vehicle developers to complete more design iterations faster

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PSA and Exa in CAE development tie-up

The French OEM has ambitious aims to develop all of its vehicles entirely using CAE by 2025

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Hyster-Yale Group uses HBM technology

R&D engineers at Hyster are able to collect, process and report on 95% of all test data during physical analysis using HBM test and measurement systems

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Q&A: Raunaq Bose, Humanising Autonomy

Mechanical engineer Raunaq Bose gives an insight into Blink, a revolutionary communications technology being developed by a UK-based team at Humanising Autonomy, that will indicate to pedestrians a vehicle’s intent

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Site visit: Seat Technical Centre

We take a tour of the climate test facility at Seat’s Technical Centre in Martorell, Spain

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Measuring pressure in tough conditions

FPT Motorenforschung, a Swiss manufacturer of engines for commercial vehicles, construction equipment and agricultural machinery, uses Keller’s M5 pressure transmitters in its test benches to achieve reliable, precise measurement results

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Development of a new intercooler for Formula SAE

In a unique project, Swansea University Race Engineering worked closely with additive manufacturing expert Renishaw to redesign the intercooler of its race car

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Simulating 'realistic wind'

Exa Corporation explains how transient flow simulations can enable more realistic reproduction of real-world conditions for accurate assessment of fuel economy

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Case study: Ford Otosan and CD-adapco

Ford Otosan has used CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM software to analyze the thermal exchange between the hot engine gases and various critical solid engine components

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by Sinan Eroglu, CFD supervisor, and Serdar Güryuva, technical specialist, Ford Otosan, and Christopher Beves, technical marketing, Siemens PLM Software


Critical fire safety

Jonas Brandt, head of technical projects at SP Fire Research, gives an overview of the new regulation for testing fire suppression systems in engine compartments of buses and coaches

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by Jonas Brandt, head of technical projects, SP Fire Research


Expo exhibitor interview: Gert Kain, IAG

FTIR measuring systems can help engine developers meet the challenges of exhaust gas analysis and testing, in critical emissions reduction, as IAG's division manager explains

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Improved impact simulation

Ben Shank, an engineer at Thermotron Industries, reveals how the company's new classic shock methods for crash testing, could prove more controllable and realistic in comparison with IEC specifications

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Expo exhibitor interview: Jeroen Verbeek, Microflown Technologies

The NVH expert reveals how advances in test equipment are improving the fidelity and speed of acoustic measurement

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A guide to environmental testing

Addressing some of the common misconceptions and differences between simulation and stimulation testing

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by Mark Pyk, marketing manager, Thermotron Industries


Q&A with Alex Burns, Millbrook president

Alex Burns discusses the vehicle testing facility's recent sale to Spectris, and how the acquisiton will enable Millbrook to accelerate development plans and enter new markets

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Dynamic temperature control of an endurance test bench

Lauda has implemented a suite of updates in its Kryoheater Selecta line of temperature control equipment, to provide improved operational efficiency and process safety

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Improved prediction of heat rejection in combustion engines

A new method to predict heat rejection in engine design using software-based virtual testing, backed up by data from physical tests, has been developed by Integrated Design Analysis

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by Gerald Seider, InDesA


Adapt and overcome

Mark Findlay, MD of engineering service provider Drive System Design, addresses the shortage of effective HEV driveline testing facilities and reveals the company’s latest plans to bring its capabilities up to date

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Cummins Turbo Technologies turbocharger containment and wheel burst testing

In a recent study, the company used FEA to simulate this complex phenomena, in order to shorten the design cycle and reduce physical test times

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Mahle Powertrain implements US$8m investment program

ATTI was invited to the opening of Mahle Powertrain's new US$670,000 Vehicle Engineering Centre at its Northampton facility in the UK

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Case study: AB Dynamics and Harmonic Drive UK

When AB Dynamics needed an extremely compact actuator for the motion pack in its new guided soft target, it turned to gearing specialist Harmonic Drive UK for help

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Cummins designs new long route exhaust gas recirculation turbocharger

This highly durable system for commercial vehicle applications was developed using a multifaceted approach to testing and analysis

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Expo exhibitor interview: Frank Baudler, Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau

The chief technology officer discusses the need for more stringent testing of plastic and lightweight components found in engines

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Expo exhibitor interview: Michael Schurm, AKE Technologies

The project and launch manager for shaker systems explains how AKE Technologies can help manufacturers meet the demands of NVH testing with its state-of-the-art test equipment, more details of which will be available at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2016

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Expo exhibitor interview: Felix Ottofülling, Ipetronik

Ipetronik’s head of product management addresses current testing and development challenges of connected vehicles and explains how data logging technology can help OEMs overcome the most problematic issues

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Applus IDIADA develops new charging simulator

ATTI speaks to Klaus Kersting, product manager for EV/HEV powertrain at Applus IDIADA Group, about its revolutionary new charging simulator, which enables users to create test cases that could be potentially hazardous on real vehicles

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The importance of testing in racing

David Leach, race engineer at JOTA Sport, outlines how to get the most out of pre-season development and testing ahead of a new race season

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Expo exhibitor interview: Stephane Olevier, V-Motech

V-Motech’s CEO outlines the latest advancements in the company’s emissions testing equipment, more details of which will be available at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2016

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Expo exhibitor interview: Manuela Gutmann, Yamaichi

The division manager for connector solutions at Yamaichi Electronics addresses software security in connected vehicles and highlights the company's latest connector solutions, which will be showcased at Automotive Testing Expo Europe

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Ensure your test cell delivers maximum value

Five ways to ensure an engine test cell provides the maximum value to a company and its customers while delivering a high return on investment

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by David Davis, regional business consultant, Taylor Dynamometer


Case study: Ilmor and Convergent Science

Novel CFD software helps Ilmor’s engineering consultancy save 75% in prototype build costs for latest race engine project

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Expansion at ITIC

The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC), based in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, is to begin implementation of a major expansion that will provide state-of-the-art testing infrastructure for the development of sustainable and connected vehicle systems

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Convergent Science improves CFD software

Recent enhancements in Convergent Science’s CFD software have enabled PSA Peugeot Citroën to substantially increase productivity

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New test program approach

Drive Design Systems has devised a new approach to developing a realistic test program from limited real-world data

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Tevva Motors develops electric range extender for trucks

A new electric range extender powertrain, which can be retrofitted to any 7.5-metric ton truck, is currently being put through its paces on roads across the UK

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Challenges in NVH analysis

The demand for more focused NVH evaluation is driving the need for innovative measurement techniques. We learn of some of the latest tools and equipment available

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by Rachel Evans


Intertek enhances test capabilties

Intertek has opened what it claims to be the UK’s highest capacity electric and hybrid vehicle driveline test facility at its Milton Keynes laboratory

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State-of-the-art R&D facility opens

The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has built a new research center dedicated to the development of greener and intelligent vehicle technologies

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Virtual crash prediction of lightweight materials

Industry experts Steven Sheng of General Motors, and Xinran Xiao, a professor at the Michigan State University, discuss their research into the crash simulation of lightweight automotive materials

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New aeroacoustics simulation technology

Predicting flow-induced noise in vehicle components and systems is now possible using new technology from Exa Corporation

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by Rachel Evans


Expansion at Millbrook

The transformation of UK-based Millbrook proving ground and test facility since it was taken over by new management in 2014 has been nothing short of impressive

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by Rachel Evans


Case study: Ford and Vibration Research

When Ford Motor Company experienced a part failure in its testing lab and needed to confidently ensure the same situation wouldn’t happen in the real world, it turned to Vibration Research Corporation for help

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Revolutionary tire test facility

An innovative tire test center is nearing completion in France. Mastermind Arnaud Dufournier gives an insight into its creation and what it will offer

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by Graham Heeps


Fiat uses Altair software in NVH analysis

Altair ProductDesign’s Squeak and Rattle Director (SNRD) has enabled Fiat to more accurately predict and eliminate NVH phenomena in its vehicles

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New test facility in Leyland, UK

CSA Group has purchased a new test facility as part of which it has installed a drive-in temperature test chamber and undertaken engine test cell upgrades

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MTS and CATARC unveil new test lab

MTS Systems Corporation and CATARC have strengthened their long-term relationship with the opening of a new research facility in China

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Millbrook invests in powertrain testing

UK test facility Millbrook has announced a US$2.9m upgrade to its engine test center

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Q&A: Torgny Ljungberg, Volvo Cars

Ahead of Automotive Testing Expo North America 2015 (October 20-22), Volvo Cars attribute leader Torgny Ljungberg talks about how the company is developing its skills in virtual validation of squeak and rattle

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Q&A: David Meek, chief engineer, Intertek

Following the announcement of a new service to deliver more accurate on-road vehicle exhaust testing and analysis, David Meek spoke to ATTI about Intertek’s new portable emissions measurement system

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Q&A: Nick Owen, CTO, Dearman Engine Company

In a preview of an article to appear in the forthcoming September issue of ATTI, Dearman Engine Company’s chief technology officer, Nick Owen, reveals the details behind the testing of its zero-emissions engine at the company’s new dedicated liquid air R&D facility.

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JLR vehicle wade testing

Jaguar Land Rover has developed a novel approach to vehicle wade testing through simulation

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By Dr Prashant Khapane and Uday Ganeshawade


Volkswagen selects ABBYY software

To improve its automated testing processes, engineers from Volkswagen have introduced ABBYY FineReader OCR technology to verify the content of its infotainment screens

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S-E-A reveals details of new test base

S-E-A (Scientific Expert Analysis) will expand its test capabilities and provide improved confidentiality for customers at a new campus, which will include an outdoor test facility

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by Rachel Evans


Show review: Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2015

This year was another fantastic Automotive Testing Expo Europe and was hailed by the organizer, UKIP Media & Events Ltd, as the biggest and best yet, drawing more than 7,000 attendees to Messe Stuttgart, Germany

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Compiled by Graham Heeps


Case study: Volvo and MSC Software

MSC Software explains how Volvo used a new co-simulation capability to include geometrically and materially nonlinear structural behavior in multibody dynamics simulation

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Ansible Motion opens R&D facility

We attended the opening of Ansible Motion's new R&D workshop in Norwich, UK, which is home to the company's latest Delta series simulator

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by Rachel Evans


Expo speaker interview: Dr Christian Donn

IPG Automotive’s business development specialist for powertrain systems tells us about the company's open hardware and software environment for virtual test driving

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Indoor EU tire label research at NTRC

At the National Tire Research Center in Alton, Virginia, USA, research is being conducted into the replication of EU noise and wet grip tests on an indoor rig

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by Graham Heeps


3D printing enhances FCA product development

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has added a third dimension to its axle analysis process by printing see-through plastic components exclusively for test purposes

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Expo speaker interview: Mark Gillan

The director of the motorsports technology group at MTS Systems reveals more details of the new simulator developed in collaboration with McLaren

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State-of-the-art test rigs installed at DSD

Specialist engineering consultancy Drive System Design (DSD) has upgraded its test capability with new equipment, including a 3E driveline test rig

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What??s new? Toyota Auris

The test program for the 2015 facelift Auris focused on driving dynamics and interior comfort

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by Rachel Evans


Case study: CFD at ECR Engines

The powertrain division of Richard Childress Racing is using an innovative CFD meshing tool to improve results in NASCAR and IMSA sportscar racing

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Link Engineering enhances test capabilities

Seven new brake dynamometers have been installed at Link Engineering Company's US, China and European test labs

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by Rachel Evans


What's new? Ariel Nomad

UK-based auto maker Ariel put its new off-road offering through its paces on various tracks in Wales, the home of British rallying

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by Rachel Evans


What's new? GAC GS4

Guangzhou, China-based GAC unveiled its new compact SUV, the GS4, at the Detroit show in January. We got exclusive development details from GAC's technical director, Zhongmin Xi

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by Graham Heeps


Inside Johnson Controls' noise & vibration labs

We take an exclusive look at the shaker systems Johnson Controls Automotive Seating has available for use during seat development in Plymouth, Michigan

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by Graham Heeps. Pics by Morgan Anderson


Seat testing case study

Extensive simulation enabled experts at Reverie to optimize the safety of its new Super Sport motorsport seat, before being sled tested

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by Rachel Evans


Millbrook seeks tenants for Technology Park

Four new units are to be constructed as part of the new facility, as well as an emissions test lab

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by Rachel Evans


What's new? Kia Sedona

Kia Motors America worked with engineers at HATCI and in Namyang to make the new Sedona minivan more competitive in the US market

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by Graham Heeps


Hybrid vehicle testing case study

National Instruments helped engineers at Subaru to perform advance hybrid vehicle testing with hardware-in-the-loop simulation

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Infiniti Red Bull Racing selects FLIR

In Formula 1, race teams are always pushing the boundaries of technology in search of higher performance and reliability. Infiniti Red Bull Racing team recently called upon FLIR Systems to help them gather critical temperature data for a variety of trackside and factory activities

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CFD development of the Jaguar XE

Due to be launched in 2015, the aerodynamic package for the Jaguar XE was designed in CFD using software supplied by Exa. Its sleek profile has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar yet

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by Rachel Evans


Siemens: Compact NVH dynamometer

A new acoustic roller dynamometer for all-wheel drive vehicles benefits from precisely coordinated drives, thanks to Siemens

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What's new? Jeep Renegade

The first fully integrated development project since the merger of Fiat and Chrysler was a transatlantic affair that pioneered testing processes and standards that will be used by FCA going forward

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by Graham Heeps


Teamtechnik: Modular software for transmission tests

Using Teamtechnik's teamsoft.TEST software, test sequences can be created and then optimized quickly and easily. The software can also be used on development test benches and in pre-production and series production

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2014 Awards winners announced!

The winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2014 have been revealed!

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Show review: Automotive Testing Expo North America 2014

Automotive Testing Expo North America 2014 has been an enormous success. There were thousands of attendees, and visitors and exhibitors relished the opportunity to meet new and existing contacts

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Compiled by Rachel Evans


Modular vehicle test procedure

Ulrich Schrade, the head of institute of automotive technologies at Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Germany, explains the key features of the test procedure

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by Rachel Evans


Q&A with Marco Darin, Fiat R&D

Three teams at FCA have collaborated on the development of a new monitoring system for collecting test data. The R&D engineer explains more

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by Rachel Evans


Intelligent data acqusition with HBM

A Tier 1 supplier of emissions and ride control products wanted to streamline its fleet vehicle data acquisition processes

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Q&A with Alex Burns, Millbrook CEO

Millbrook's new CEO discusses the recent change of ownership, a government grant for emissions testing and research, and his plans for the future

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by Rachel Evans


Show review: Automotive Testing Expo India 2014

Automotive Testing Expo made a successful return to the Chennai Trade Centre on 19-21 March 2014. The increase in exhibitor numbers from 108 in 2012 to 125 this year indicated the increasing importance of the show to the Indian automotive industry

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by Satnam Singh


Iveco brings acoustic simulation in-house

Instead of having an outside facility analyze cabin noise, Italian truck manufacturer Iveco predicts sound levels using LMS Virtual.Lab Acoustics to streamline the development process and improve designs through deeper insight into vehicle behavior

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Expo interview: Nituj Bhatnagar

Nituj Bhatnagar, affiliate business manager, AVL List GmbH, explains some of the challenges involved with fuel consumption measurement

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2013 Awards winners announced!

We reveal the winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2013!

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Show review: Automotive Testing Expo North America 2013

Automotive Testing Expo North America 2013 in Novi, Michigan had a host of new products and services for vehicle test and development on show, from locally made dynamometers to the plans for a new wind tunnel facility in the Czech Republic

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MTS Systems Corp: Hybrid simulation

MTS Systems has developed an iterative hybrid simulation technique for complex ride comfort and durability applications

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What's new? Rolls Royce Wraith SAT

Former F1 engineer, Phil Harnett explains the development program for the Rolls-Royce Wraith's new satellite-aided transmission (SAT)

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by John O'Brien


Q&A with Masahisa Nagata, Toyota Motor Europe

The executive vice president of R&D and purchasing, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) discusses the importance of suppliers and the forthcoming global architecture

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by Graham Heeps


Show review: Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2013

Automotive Testing Expo was a huge success as record numbers of visitors from around the globe immersed themselves in the latest innovations on show, and took advantage of the free-to-attend Open Technology Forums

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What's new? Suzuki SX4 Crossover

Suzuki’s new C-segment crossover aims to capture the best traits of both the Swift and Grand Vitara. To strike that balance, the Japanese OEM turned to UK roads

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by John O'Brien


Show review: Automotive Testing Expo Korea 2013

The first-ever Automotive Testing Expo Korea was a resounding success. The event will return, even bigger and better, in 2015!

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Force Control Industries Inc: Oil shear clutch rebuild

A Force Control Industries, Inc. clutch on an axle fatigue test stand has been refurbished after 46 years of operation

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Reduced warranty claims

Qualmark says it has unique ways to increase profitability by substantially reducing warranty claims

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Dewetron: Forward collision warning according to NHTSA

Dewetron's powerful data-acquistion software is used in the testing of forward collision warning systems

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Embedded Logix: Thermal imaging solutions

Non-contact analysis tools offer engineers quick, reliable and accurate results. Embedded Logix is championing the use of thermal imaging cameras and software to diagnose a variety of automotive applications

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2012 Awards winners announced!

We reveal the winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2012!

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Vector: Test bench for complex ECUs

EvoBus has started up a new component test bench based on the VT System from Vector. Its flexible, automated tests enable a high level of test coverage and precise reproducibility of all test cases

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ED USA, Corp: Vehicle network diagnostic solutions

At the Automotive Testing Expo North America, ED USA, Corp exhibited its latest range of diagnostic tools for vehicle network 

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Data Physics: Vibration testing in the PHEV era

Data Physics offers its new smarter, high performance SignalForce Electrodynamic Shaker

 

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Sensor technology

Penny & Giles has supplied every winning F1 championship team since 1986. But how has the company achieved its success in sensor technology?

 

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Show review: Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2012

The 2012 Automotive Testing Expo Europe celebrated its 14th anniversary this year. With hundreds of exhibitors and even more visitors, this years Expo proved, once again, why it is the must-attend event for anyone in the automotive testing industry

 

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John O'Brien


EV Development: Electric Dream

Drayson Racing Technologies is building a business in alternative-powertrain development, using best practice from the OE and motorsport worlds

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Graham Heeps


What's new? Volvo V40

The Sino-Swedish company’s new premium compact contender has an industry-first airbag to cushion pedestrians from windshield and A-pillar

 

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Rachel Evans and Graham Heeps


10 Questions: with Kunio Nakaguro

Senior vice president R&D, Nissan Technical Centre Europe gives the lowdown on his career and the latest news from NTCE

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Show Report: 2012 Automotive Testing Expo, India

A round-up of the latest events and unveils from the 2012 Automotive Testing Expo in Chennai.

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by Satnam Singh


The case of the missing gas mileage

 Automakers have made great strides in fuel efficiency in recent decades, but the mileage numbers of individual vehicles have barely increased. An MIT economist explains the conundrum

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Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office


Development of the Toyota Yaris III

Automotive Testing Technology International speaks to chief engineer, Hirofumi Yamamoto

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by Graham Heeps


Sonic Wind LSRV: A supersonic research automobile

The development story behind a 1,000mph vehicle

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Waldo E. Stakes


ARAI enhances crash offering for Indian and global OEMs

Indian and global OEMs alike may be interested in the latest developments in crash testing at ARAI in India

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Satnam Singh


Specmanship vs reality

If you want to either specify a sensor or acquire meaningful data from a sensor, you first need to understand terms such as total error band, accuracy, and precision

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Mike Baker, Sherborne Sensors


The changing landscape of network analysis

Network monitoring and analysis is no longer a “nice-to-have”, but a “have-to-have” in IT networks

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Dan Joe Barry, Napatech


The race for tomorrow's car

Breaking speed records may not be the usual pursuit of a university. But at the Ohio State University in the USA, that's what they're doing. As a result, OSU is producing top-class engineers, improving future automotive design.

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Testing boom in Detroit region

While at Novi for Automotive Testing Expo North America, you can enjoy some of the Motor City region’s attractions. Or even stay rather longer…

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Keith Read


Hybrid and electric vehicle testing at Lotus

Major developments in electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle testing are underway at the labs of Lotus Engineering

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Gary Spinks, Powertrain Testing, Lotus Engineering


Energy-saving shaker technology

Andy Leadbeater has established UK-based THP Systems Ltd as a bridge between suppliers to the environmental test market and customers for their products. THP is offering test equipment, access to a global network of test houses, a global service alliance, on-site repairs and maintenance, spares, warranty claim investigation, technical support and calibration.

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Andy Leadbeater, THP Systems


Tough tests for the Volvo FMX

Volvo Trucks gave the FMX construction truck a particularly tough test program at its Hällered test facility located deep in the forests of western Sweden

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Transparent measurement data management

Transparent data management can help OEMs increase safety while lowering costs

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Dr Hans-Jorg Kremer, managing director of Peak Solution


3D measurement technologies: a guide to specification

Any company designing or manufacturing products with complex geometries will at some stage have a requirement to accurately measure either prototypes or finished products to ensure they meet design parameters. The range of equipment available for this is ever-increasing, but is based around three main system types. Each represents a significant investment so it is a decision which companies cannot afford to get wrong if they are to deliver to customer needs.

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Ralph Weir, CEO, Phase Vision


Energy-efficient testing of hydraulic pumps and motors

Based on the idea of energy recovery, Prüfstandtechnik Leipzig GmbH and Jetschke Industriefahrzeuge have developed and built a test stand which allows testing of axial piston pumps and motors in any rotating direction, both in closed and in open circuit.

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Steffen Wagner, PTL Prufstandstechnik Leipzig


Schaeffler's hybrid prototype

Schaeffler Group is continuing its drive towards developing greener automotive technologies with its hybrid demonstration vehicle, the Schaeffler Hybrid.

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Diesel sparks a revolution

From peanut oil to methane gas. The fuels powering the diesel engine have undergone considerable development during its 119-year history. So much so that today, even the fuel we traditionally, if somewhat simplistically, refer to as ‘diesel’ is beginning to make way for alternatives with a smaller environmental footprint, such as biogas and DME. Time to examine what it is all about.

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Ford's renovated development center

Thanks to a US$43 million renovation of Ford's Dearborn Proving Ground, blue oval engineers are now less than five minutes from everything they need for state-of-the-art testing

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Michael Collins, FCN


Giving concept cars a longer life

From design muses  to revenue streams, Ford is not allowing its concept vehicles to collect dust

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Michael Collins, FCN


Mazda's ECU virtual prototyping solution

Mazda has adopted a virtual prototyping solution that provides time and cost reductions in verifying highly complex systems like ECUs

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Ford avoids crashes using wireless

Ford researchers are advancing vehicle safety with the development of new crash avoidance systems that use wireless vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to detect and respond to imminent collisions

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McLaren finalizes 12C development

One of the world's most eagerly anticipated cars finally reaches production readiness following a gruelling test program

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Phantom experimental car hots up

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has been carrying out a series of laboratory-controlled temperature tests on its Phantom 102EX Experimental Electric prototype

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