Automotive Testing Expo North America 2017

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October 24-26, 2017
The Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI, USA


Free-To-Attend Open Technology Forum Program

Day 1: Tuesday 24 October

Hall B DAY 1 AM

10:00

V2X certification – what it is and how to pursue it

Dmitri Khijniak
Business development manager, technology & services development
7layers, A Bureau Veritas Company
USA
This presentation will be an overview of the new testing and certification scheme that will apply to connected and automated vehicles. V2X in the USA is based on 5.9GHz dedicated short-range communication wireless technology, which has been developed over the past 10 years and is finally reaching the stage of maturity where it is being introduced to the market. Several deployment projects are underway in the USA, deploying thousands of aftermarket in-vehicle devices and roadside systems. Several vehicle OEMs are preparing or have already announced that they are including this technology in their vehicles to enable a new class of safety and mobility applications.

10:20

Factory of the future optical measurements for test and manufacturing

John Tyson
President
Trilion Quality Systems
USA
Optical measurements are becoming critical for modern design, component testing and manufacturing quality control. As computer-aided design, modeling and simulation are critical for product design and development, the test world now uses full-field optical measurements to better understand the holistic response of materials, structures and completed designs. This full-field measurement and response allows engineers to more fully understand their parts and material interactions, improving the quality of the advanced designs. Optical methods are a better way to measure your vehicle components.

10:40

Horiba ‘RDE+ Coach’ – a real-time tool for improving real driving emissions (RDE) test yield and process optimization

Brian Mace
Senior market manager
Horiba Automotive Test Systems
USA
Horiba has developed software that provides real-time feedback to the driver while a European-specification RDE test is underway. The software receives vehicle performance and test status information from the OBS-ONE unit and displays important RDE trip-specific, boundary-specific and driver-dynamic-specific information in an easy to read and interpret format. Additionally, the software has a configurable 'coaching' feature that can prompt the driver to adjust driving style and/or adjust the test route. This coaching feature can be used to improve trip-to-trip driving similarity, encourage desired driving style and improve probability of meeting the trip-specific requirements. The tool is constructed to allow new drive cycles (Global RDE or In-Service Compliance) to be integrated, as they become defined. The Horiba ‘RDE+ Coach’ has many potential purposes including: test route development; driver training and development of desired driving style; ensuring that the full range of desired vehicle performance attributes are evaluated and confirmed; improving valid certification test yield.

11:00

Testing EV batteries – a challenging need

Thomas Parker
North American automotive market sales manager
Inficon
USA
The quality of EV battery packs is a critical concern for auto makers and their suppliers, especially as the number of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles increases. Faulty battery cells can lead to fires and even explosions. This presentation will discuss advanced leak-detection methods available for testing high-performance lithium-ion battery packs. There are no commonly agreed-on quality-control standards for EV batteries, but available test methodology can ensure overall battery performance, quality and safety.

11:20

Rapid efficiency mapping and motor analysis

Mike Hoyer
Applications engineer
HBM Test and Measurement
USA
The characterization of electric motors has recently become an important topic in many engineering labs throughout the world, especially for electric and hybrid vehicles. To test and characterize electric motors, many labs have put together systems with multiple pieces of measurement equipment from different suppliers. Although these systems work, they often have high levels of complexity and operate much more slowly than an optimized system. This presentation proposes a solution designed for electric motor testing, which consolidates many systems into one, allowing for rapid efficiency mapping and reliable motor analysis, and significantly boosting productivity and capability plus research and development.

11:40

Benefits and test challenges of 5G in automotive applications

Jungik Suh
Automotive and energy solutions marketing manager
Keysight Technologies Inc
USA
Although the technologies that will constitute 5G are still being worked on, the ITU-R has identified three main usage scenarios for 5G: enhanced mobile broadband with up to 20Gbps, massive machine-type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications, which bring enormous benefits to transform the driving experience and enable autonomous driving systems. This presentation will review the potential benefits of 5G in automotive applications and describe enabling technologies in RF, microwave and millimeter-wave – ranging from advanced waveforms and multiple access schemes to multiple antenna techniques (e.g. massive MIMO and beamforming), and address the latest test solutions.

12:00

PEMS testing for a final Tier 4 excavator

Dr Brent Schuchmann
Senior research engineer
SGS ETC
USA
The US NTE method and EU WBW approaches both experience obstacles when it comes to calculating final emission rates for NRMM using portable emission measurement systems (PEMS). SGS will present results of an experiment conducted in Michigan, USA. To better understand and characterize the emission rates during individual modes of operation, SGS performed an in-field experiment to measure the emission rates of a final Tier 4 excavator. The following modes of operation were measured and compared: cold start, auto warm-up, idle, crawl, trenching and excavation. CO, CO2, NO, NO2, THC and PM were collected and analyzed for each operational mode.

12:20

CAN-MD: a new CANbus-based smart sensor for measurement

David Change
Vice president and technical director
Dytran Instruments Inc
USA
Dytran Instruments Inc has introduced a smart bus-based sensor for solving a multitude of measurement and monitoring challenges across many automotive applications including: end-of-line testing, test cell shutdown and autonomous vehicle monitoring. Distributed processing is finally here. Each standalone sensor in the network is actually a powerful microcomputer capable of processing data and actually returning the condition of a machine via digital information on the bus in the form of a 'condition indicator'. The end result is a great savings in system cost and weight. Additional advantages include the elimination of a central computer along with a highly user-configurable

12:40

Particulate matter emissions sampling breakthroughs using Sierra BG3 PFDS

Russell (Rob) Graze
Engineering consultant
Sierra-CP
USA
Combining partial flow sampling and direct exhaust flow measurement provides an ideal solution for particulate emissions measurement from light-duty vehicles to meet LEV-3 part of the CRC E-99. The presentation will be a spinoff of our article in the September issue of Automotive Testing Technology International titled 'Emissions Measurement', and will discuss innovative technology advances in this effort.

Hall B DAY 1 PM

13:10

CIeNET’s automated testing solutions for next-generation vehicles

Robert Wicks
Managing director
CIeNET
USA
CIeNET Technologies has extensive experience with automated system test execution. Working along with its Tier 1 vendors, CIeNET adapted Android to work in a multi-system IVI architecture, while supporting feature testing, integration testing and stability testing. The company's C-ATS AUTO automated test execution system provides the following: streamlined and rapid test scripts implementation and defects tracking; comprehensive software testing including unit, component, features, systems, regression, integration, performance, third-party product and in-vehicle verification; ready-made test cases allowing CIeNET to quickly build test plans to focus on customer-specific quality assurance targets.

13:30

Bidirectional high-dynamic test bench energy systems

Markus Zacherl
Global sales director
Heinzinger Electronic GmbH
GERMANY
In the range of low currents or low voltages, buck-boost converters with classical control mode have the handicap of discontinuous current mode. This leads to an irregular inductor current flow and decreases to zero value. It has the effect that the control mode of the power amplifiers changes significantly and is difficult to control, especially in the transition area between discontinuous and non-continuous current mode. This problem is reflected in the quality of the output signal and restricts the operating range downwards.

13:50

Optimization of calibration parameters in physics-based ECU models

Dr Tobias Gutjahr
Program manager
ETAS Inc
USA
Modern ECUs contain many physics-based models represented by a complex structure of calibration maps, curves and scalars. These models serve as virtual sensors and predict engine values that are normally measured by real sensors. To ensure optimal prediction quality, the model’s parameters have to be calibrated. Due to the complexity and high number of parameters, manual calibration is very time consuming or impossible. In this presentation, a generic solution for the automated optimization of physics-based models is introduced. All model parameters are automatically calibrated in parallel with the goal to minimize the deviation between model behavior and desired output.

14:10

The path to V2X using digital short-range communication

Cory White
North America business development manager, automotive sector
Anritsu Company
USA
As the automotive industry awaits a decision from the NHTSA on the proposed mandate regarding V2X digital short-range communication, the V2X community continues to drive this technology forward in order to make life-saving features for vehicles a reality. This presentation will focus on DSRC V2X and discuss the latest developments in the industry, including alternative technologies. It will also provide relevant information on global standards and testing.

14:30

Achieving zero defects in automotive electronic systems through advanced analytics

Michael Schuldenfrei
CTO
Optimal Plus
ISRAEL
With self-driving cars on the horizon, there is increasing pressure on semiconductor companies and Tier 1 suppliers to improve product quality from defective-parts-per-million to parts-per-billion to provide sufficient quality margins for autonomous and shared vehicles. Achieving this level of device quality is possible today through the application of advanced analytics and big data architectures on the combined manufacturing data of semiconductors and electronics. This presentation will cover real-world examples where IC suppliers and Tier 1 vendors have collaborated to improve product quality by an order of magnitude while simultaneously improving yield impact vs. traditional quality screening methods.

14:50

Mitigating the risk of battery testing in environmental chambers

Mark Chrusciel
Sales director
Cincinnati Sub-Zero (CSZ)
USA
The presentation will provide a brief review of the various types of batteries along with the qualifications tests that are performed. Testing is a critical component of product research and development. Mitigating risks in testing EV batteries under various temperature conditions is an important aspect that will be reviewed. The vast array of different battery types, sizes, chemistries and failure modes means that there is no one standard environmental chamber that can be used or recommended. The presentation will also outline important criteria to consider to select the most appropriate test chamber for the automotive battery test application, along with critical safety features.

15:10

Comparison of 24-bit ADC technologies

Gary Schneider
Engineering manager
Hi-Techniques
USA
For precision data acquisition, modern 24-bit ADCs offer extreme vertical resolution. However, their dynamic characteristics vary widely and can lead to over 20% amplitude errors if misapplied. The presentation compares two types of 24-bit ADC technologies to analyze their advantages and disadvantages.

15:30

Creating a safe infrastructure for automotive R&D testing

Jim Parker
President
Ino-Tek Inc
USA
Emerging technologies are exploding in automotive R&D. In addition to gasoline and diesel, vehicles powered by propane, CNG, batteries and fuel cells are on the road or under development, adding new safety concerns. The automotive test cell of the future will need additional hazard detection to accommodate the expanding list of competing technologies.

15:50

Navigating the Inmetro process for components in the Brazilian market

Fabio Sianga
Country business line leader - automotive
Intertek
BRAZIL
This presentation introduces the Inmetro conformity assessment program for automotive components sold into Brazil. In this discussion, we provide background on the Inmetro system, as well as details related to the assessment process, testing and ongoing certification of components. Additionally, we review all applicable components now and scheduled in the near future, selection of representative products within a family and testing requirements for specific components.

Day 2: Wednesday 25 October

Hall B DAY 2 AM

10:00

Objective and subjective tests correlation for a four-wheel steering vehicle

Claude Rouelle
Founder and president
OptimumG
USA
OptimumG, an international vehicle dynamics engineering company, provides in-lab and on-track testing of vehicles and vehicle components, simulation software development and support, training and engineering services in vehicle and tire dynamics. The company’s software and testing methods are able to close the loop between in-lab and on-track testing on one side and on-track analysis, performance enhancement suggestions and performance prediction by simulation on the other. Recent examples are the correlation we established between the objective and subjective testing of an all-wheel steering vehicle and the prediction of vehicle and tire performance prior to on-track testing by use of simulation models.

10:20

Product durability testing though vibration, shock and environmental conditioning

Jeff Andrasik
Product testing operations manager
Smithers Rapra
USA
Vibration, mechanical, environmental and thermal shock testing are commonly used to evaluate products to industry or OEM specifications as well as benchmarking against previous iterations or competitive products. To ensure that you are choosing the right vibration, shock and environmental conditioning protocols, you must study the end-use application and relevant specifications to develop the most effective testing program. The presentation will cover: products that require extensive durability testing; types of vibration and mechanical shock testing; environmental conditioning and thermal shock testing; common testing standards.

10:40

Crash and safety test design for the future

Gerald Goupil
Director of crash test operations
Calspan
USA
With the pending implementation of NCAP Tomorrow and forthcoming advancements in EuroNCAP, testing requirements are changing. New high-energy tests and advanced dummy technologies are creating challenges for vehicle manufacturers and independent automotive safety testing companies. Based on Calspan’s research and development efforts related to the NCAP Tomorrow protocol, construction of a new crash test laboratory was initiated in early 2016. The new facility design was created to handle higher energy tests, including the NHTSA Oblique and EuroNCAP V2V test. As testing challenges continue to mount, the testing industry needs to prepare for unique applications of facilities and equipment.

11:00

Motion solutions for test stands

James Ellis
Business developer
Siemens
USA
Join Siemens for a glimpse into the capability of SINAMICS drives to improve the approach to test stand applications. Emphasis during this session will be on identifying specific applications, system architectures and the SINAMICS approach to getting the most out of test stands. Integration in various applications including battery simulation, engine, transmission and NVH are highlighted. Functionality such as torque pulse engine simulation, automatic disturbance compensation and connectivity with LabVIEW or MATLAB’s Simulink will increase dynamics and simplify your testing systems. Our goal is to make sure you leave with the knowledge to increase efficiency and optimize productivity.

11:20

Using laser ride height sensors for chassis and aero development

Robert Knowles
President
PMC Engineering LLC
USA
Recent developments in laser sensing technology allow these custom packaged devices to provide measurements up to 4kHz, operating in high-vibration, high-temperature environments on a test vehicle. These sensors are mounted on the underside of the vehicle and are measuring directly to the ground. Changes in ride height have a direct relation to aero effect, in addition to a combination of suspension movement and tire degradation on a moving vehicle. Being able to make such measurements under wildly differing road conditions offers huge value in the development of performance and safety criteria for new vehicles.

11:40

DVP&R – optimizing your validation pans

Rich Byczek
Global technical director
Intertek
USA
To qualify components and systems for automotive use, the DVP&R is the method and reporting for the products' validation test plan. This discussion provides insights from the test laboratory's viewpoint on the common misconceptions and mistakes in planning and executing a successful validation plan. Specific focus on the various pre-test communication, planning and support equipment will give attendees a better chance to get it right the first time.

12:00

Successful methods for open-road vehicle sensor validation

Iain Clarke
Product manager
Oxford Technical Solutions
UK
Automotive R&D departments around the world require fast, reliable and repeatable methods to validate the accuracy of autonomous vehicle sensors and fusion algorithms. This presentation will share how 'ground truth' data from an INS can provide the reference that vehicle manufacturers need when mapping road feature positions and validating the accuracy of cameras and other sensors. We will share a number of current examples where this technology is being used effectively in highly dynamic open-road conditions.

12:20

Hybrid R-FOCAS system for evaluation of LNTs

Scott Eakle
Principal engineer
Southwest Research Institute
USA
The R-FOCAS system is a full-flow, stoichiometric burner system that controls exhaust gas temperature via a water-gas heat exchanger. This system utilizes an additional leg for air dilution downstream of the combustor, which allows for continuous simulation of lean-burn exhaust systems, and secondary control of exhaust gas temperature. Flow through the dilution leg can be turned off so that the combustor can operate at stoichiometric and/or rich conditions to generate exhaust gas as observed for lean-burn combustion systems using catalyst technology such as LNT. The system can also provide fast thermal and flow response to simulate the transient performance.

12:40

Solution for the evaluation of real-drive emission (RDE) data

Franz Foltz
Program manager
ETAS Inc
USA
This system provides users with information about execution and evaluation of RDE test drive focusing on optimisation of RDE test drive. During RDE test drive, the driver will be provided with important visual information about driving route, already driven sections and exhaust emissions, as well as boundary conditions to ensure compliance with legal requirements. This includes predictions about validity of route, advice about distance yet to be traveled in respective cycle (motorway/rural/urban), display of current percentage of valid windows, monitoring of NOx sensor, GPS, PEMS status, memory faults, battery status of PEMS. The concept is fully integrated in the ETAS-INCA toolchain to allow calibration engineers

Hall B DAY 2 PM

13:10

Problems uncovered using network analysis/simulation techniques for an automotive network

Jeff Warra
Head of automotive technology
Spirent Communications
USA
This paper will discuss the importance of utilizing analysis and simulation techniques in newly designed Ethernet networks. It will outline four scenarios where early analysis and simulation can uncover problems with production. (1)Testing communication stack timing, throughput performance capability and conformance to various industry standards. (2) Understanding latency and data processing capability related to signal flow inside a network. Validating hop-to-hop latency requirements for overall system designs. (3) Simulating network loads to verify switch throughput under different hardware- and software-based configurations. (4) Checking VLAN configuration to ensure proper switching of packets. Ensuring correct/incorrect VLAN switch tagging to avoid port flooding and incorrect frame forwarding.

13:30

Bumps and crashes: running more realistic shaker shocks

Dr Benjamin Shank
R&D engineer
Thermotron Industries
USA
Classic shocks on electrodynamic shakers are used to stress automotive parts, simulating everything from door slams to full-vehicle crashes, long before integration into a vehicle. Unfortunately, many of the shock references used today are not good damage replicas of the impacts they are meant to simulate. This talk will discuss how to run more realistic shocks that are also easier to keep within spec on an electrodynamic shaker.

13:50

Fatigue damage: combine, compare and quantify

Ryan Quellet
Product software development manager
Vibration Research
USA
Fatigue damage is a common, predictable cause of damage in the supply chain. The Fatigue Damage Spectrum (FDS) helps engineers make decisions in several ways. First, the FDS can be used to design and shorten random vibration tests based on combined time domain data. Second, the FDS can be used to compare time-domain waveforms in terms of fatigue. Third, being able to quantify the end-use environment to the vibration profiles gives confidence going from field to lab. The ability to combine, compare and quantify environments and testing makes the FDS a powerful tool for test design and product analysis.

14:10

Climatic testing for automotive adhesives

Hamzah Ibrahim
Sales engineer/program manager
Backer Heating Technologies Inc
USA
Adhesives are used everywhere in the automotive industry. Backer is one of the largest mirror heater manufacturers in the world, and uses adhesives to hold up the glass on automotive mirrors. Over 300 football fields worth of adhesive are consumed yearly in Backer's manufacturing process. This presentation will discuss the testing of adhesives in cold/warm weather conditions, high/low humidity conditions, and combinations of high/low humidity in cold/warm temperatures. It will offer an in-depth analysis of: OEM specifications/expectations regarding adhesion, PV1200/PV2005 environmental testing, advantages/disadvantages of difficult OEM specs, and what can be done to improve adhesion performance in extreme climates.

14:30

Addressing disruptive changes in HEV/EV power converter design and test

Michael (Mike) Hawes
R&D planning manager
Keysight Technologies Inc
USA
With GM’s Volt/Bolt, Ford’s Fusion/Focus and Tesla’s Model 3 offerings, the inevitable change toward electrification of vehicles is ramping up. Toyota dominates the full hybrid market with its Prius. Europe is heavily investing in mild hybrid technologies, while China is investing in EVs. The cost pressure from traditional-fuel-powered vehicles is driving fundamental changes in power semiconductor technology (wide bandgap semiconductors), battery technology (high-capacity Li-ion cells) and power converter (e.g. motor inverter) design/test. This presentation reviews the trends in power converter design/test, discusses the engineering challenges that come with the constant pressure on cost, and summarizes emerging design/test solutions.

14:50

High speeds and high heat: thermal measurement challenges

Jerry Beeney
Senior scientific segment engineer – central US
FLIR Systems Inc
USA
Accurately measuring temperatures of high-speed targets presents a challenge for automotive research and development, but it’s one that can be solved with the right tools. Cooled thermal imaging cameras offer not only the resolution and sensitivity to measure accurately, but can also offer the fast integration times and high frame rates needed to stop motion on objects moving at high speeds. In this presentation, we will weigh the advantages of thermal cameras over legacy contact and non-contact temperature measurement tools, and then compare thermal camera features such as cooled vs. uncooled infrared detectors, and different detector materials.

15:10

Abstract space and production line pass-fail metrics

Robert Coleman
Senior solution specialist
Signalysis Inc
USA
Abstract spaces with associated coordinates are found in the literature dating back to Hilbert Spaces. Principal coordinates of masses are well known to engineers and physicists. Principal component analysis is routinely applied in statistical analysis. Signalysis has recently emphasized the use of abstract coordinates associated with vibrations unique to production line products. Diagonalizing matrices of frequency domain product vibration abstract coordinate data leads to identification of product defects normally invisible to standard methods. Examples of simulated product defects as well as actual production line data are presented.

15:30

Five ways to use code quality metrics to improve software

Kurt Krueger
Senior field application engineer
Vector Software
USA
To improve code quality, the key is not to test more, but to test better. In this presentation we will show you five ways to get the most out your testing budget using code quality metrics. Software quality and testing completeness are linked. You cannot have quality without complete testing. For groups that want to improve quality, the hardest question to answer often is: “Where do we start?” VectorCAST/Analytics helps answer that question by making it easy to gather and publish key 'where are we today?' quality metrics.

15:50

Embedded systems development using modern software practices

Kimberly Clavin
VP of engineering
LOOP by Pillar Technology
USA
Ever see a cobweb and wonder how it was created so quickly? Similar to that cobweb, embedded systems and resulting software are growing exponentially. The advancement in hardware unleashed ample potential in software coding. It is of utmost importance to ensure that code is of the highest quality. A known challenge in vehicle development is system integration and validation techniques to ensure quality code. This talk discusses how to drive development with modern software practices such as test-driven development and continuous integration. This methodology results in fast, scalable embedded systems development and reduced cost – and happy developers.

Day 3: Thursday 26 October

Hall B DAY 3

10:00

Smart cars need smart testing: optimizing your EMC testing

Carl Mueller
System engineer
Amplifier Research
USA
“Time is money”. We’ve all heard it and we all live it. Consumers have increased expectations of their cars. They demand improved automation, from obstacle alerts and parking assist, to mobile hot spots and charging stations. The goal of this seminar is to show you how you can save both time and money while improving test quality and reducing test time by at least one half. By adding a multi-tone testing unit to your EMC test configuration you’ll be able to better mirror real-world threats, and the unit could pay for itself in as little as two years.

10:20

Automotive component 'transducerization'

Domenic El-Achkar
Engineering manager
HITEC Sensor Solutions Inc
USA
The automotive industry is going from product design to manufacturing in record time. The need to understand the durability, ride and handling, along with component and vehicle verification, is always a unique balance between time to test and time to market. HITEC will deliver a comprehensive presentation exploring some of the strain gauge instrumentation work the company has done in the automotive arena pertaining to customizing an automotive component into a calibrated, fully functional transducer. The paper will cover the following aspects: surface preparation, gauge selection, adhesive selection, wiring, temperature compensation, calibration and signal conditioning.

10:40

Test and automation of today’s complex ECUs in all development stages

Stefan Kasek
Senior lead engineer
TraceTronic Inc
USA
Test automation solutions for the validation of embedded systems in automotive environments have recently become extensive and demanding. Considering all conditions, including toolchains with different vendor solutions for hardware and software, in-house developments and processes often cause unsolvable challenges for automotive prototyping. Stefan will illuminate the topic with his deep expertise. Maximizing the test depth and quality of test objects is a major part of his work supporting customers and their test automation projects. His presentation will capture use cases for test creation, execution and evaluation. It will also address sophisticated methods and technologies such as generic test case descriptions and continuous integration/testing scenarios.

11:00

High-Speed CMOS Digital Imaging Analysis Techniques

Andrew Bridges
Director of new business
Photron USA Inc
USA
High-speed video is a proven technology in automotive testing, from component testing, through NVH to airbag and full-scale automotive safety testing. Although many different high-speed cameras offer similar performance, there are some key differences you need to consider when looking to acquire a high-speed camera. This presentation will address what each of these parameters will mean to your end results. We will also look at two new fields of study that address two very different applications, namely: visualizing stress in transparent materials with a high-speed polarization camera; 3D motion analysis from a single camera/single target.

11:20

Ultra-portable NVH data recorder with CANbus

Kiran Kumar Kandula
Automotive application engineer
Brüel & Kjær North America
USA
The Sonoscout tablet-based ultra-portable NVH data recorder now includes native CANbus recording. With the new LAN-XI CANbus module, data from the CANbus, and OBD-II data, can be recorded in full, simultaneously with multi-channel NVH data measurements. The Sonoscout CANbus feature enables fast and easy setup of the CANbus recording. The Sonoscout retains all of its original features, including rapid setup, simple NVH data recording and powerful analysis capability, but is now even more powerful with the ability to record and use high- and low-speed CAN, J-1939 and OBD-II data for RPM, speed and many other parameters.

11:40

A breakthrough in accelerometer design for automotive safety testing

Ronald Poff
Principal engineer, Test & Measurement Group
Meggitt Sensing Systems
USA
The ideal transfer characteristic of an accelerometer (wide bandwidth and no resonance) has been achieved. Meggitt/Endevco has successfully demonstrated this capability through the use of multimode damping in its new MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) design. This breakthrough development is accomplished using advanced transducer design and clever applications of gas damping. When the traditional fluid damping method limits the usable bandwidth of the accelerometer to a few kHz, the multimode gas damping technology offers flat response up to 20kHz with no observable resonance. Unlike fluid damped designs, the frequency response of a gas damped device is not dependent on external temperature.

12:00

Five steps to make better decisions from your data

Daniel Parrott
Software product marketing engineer
National Instruments
USA
No matter the size of the application, on average only 5% of the data being collected is analyzed. Learn how to break down the data analysis process into five steps, and explore the brand-new NI Data Management Software tools that can help you manage and analyze your automotive test data.

12:20

An open systems architecture approach to BMS HIL testing

Steven Hoenig
BTS unit leader
Bloomy
USA
Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing is the standard approach to validating the design of xEV systems including the battery management system (BMS) electronics and firmware. HIL test systems are used to simulate the battery, including cell chemistry, charging and discharging, drive cycles and numerous fault conditions for testing the BMS. There exist vendor-defined or 'closed', as well as user-defined or 'open', approaches to the implementation of HIL test equipment. Bloomy presents an open systems architecture approach to HIL test systems implementation using commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software. The presentation will outline the benefits of this approach, which include greater flexibility, extensibility and reduced cost.

12:40

Experimental measurement uncertainty for test chambers for AC systems

Dr Gursaran Mathur
Senior manager
CalsonicKansei North America
USA
Selecting proper instrumentation for test chambers is critical in achieving accurate results. This is a very important factor that needs to be assessed, reviewed and then specified to the manufacturer of the thermal chamber. Selection of proper instrumentation will result in thermal performance data with a very tight tolerance of measurement uncertainty. However, due to budget constraints, we often compromise the quality of the data by specifying cheaper instrumentation. The presentation will discuss a couple of scenarios that result in a significant difference in the experimental measurement uncertainty with different levels of instrumentation for thermal systems.

13:00

Holistic approach to testing lithium chemistry batteries at vehicle scale

Serge Gregory
Senior associate
Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
USA
The increasing technological sophistication of automotive systems poses testing challenges that extend far beyond traditional evaluation techniques. A complex interplay of sensors, power and communication systems affects traditional automotive components, and these systems often do not have established test processes. Subcomponents that have industrial test specifications may be used outside of the tested performance envelope in automotive systems. For example, although a range of protocols exist for lithium chemistry batteries, the infrastructure to conduct such tests on vehicle-scale systems is lacking. Exponent has undertaken a holistic approach to vehicle testing, and is implementing system- and component-level test processes to meet these evolving challenges.
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Future Show: Automotive Testing Expo North America 2018, 23-25 October 2018, Halls A, B & C, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan, USA
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