Sakor Technologies enables Carpenter Technology to test latest alloys
High-performance dynamometer business Sakor Technologies has provided Carpenter Technology Corp (CTC) with a dynamometer test system to test the effectiveness of new alloys used in electric motor components and inverters.
The Sakor system features a 250kW and 12kW Accudyne four-quadrant AC dynamometer, which covers a wide range of electric motor testing. A 250kW, 800V DC, ±500A battery simulator also features. The dynamometer and other subsystems have all been configured to ensure they are set up for electric vehicle (EV) motor and inverter testing.
4activeSystems crash targets and moving platforms are Euro NCAP certified
Euro NCAP has completed its workshop on approved test equipment for proving grounds. The results will be published soon in an official report in issue TB029 of the Technical Bulletin. As always, 4activeSystems was there with its soft crash targets and moving platforms – and it has announced numerous significant achievements that came out of the workshop.
The company’s 4activeFB-small mobile platform has been approved. The platform can officially be used in combination with VRUs like the EPTa and EPTc (pedestrian adult and child), EBT (bicyclist) and EMT (motorcycles), for testing up to 80km/h.
Volta Zero completes first on-road testing in France
All-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks and logistics service provider DB Schenker have completed the first on-road test phase of the fully electric Volta Zero in Paris, France, where a design verification prototype Volta Zero was operated on roads and in distribution facilities.
Having formed a partnership in 2021, a pre-order of approximately 1,500 Volta Zero vehicles was made, stated to be the largest order ever made for medium-duty electrified trucks in Europe.
ADAS NCAP testing contract awarded to DRI
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded a five-year contract to Dynamic Research Incorporated (DRI) to conduct advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) testing for the organization’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
The ADAS testing conducted by DRI will consist of forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support system tests. All the tests will be carried out at DRI’s Minter proving ground in California, USA.
Over the five-year contract, new tests are expected to be added to the assessment program and will include the evaluation of pedestrian AEB (automatic emergency braking), blind spot warning, blind spot intervention and lane keeping assist systems.
Ansible Motion acquired by AB Dynamics
Advanced simulator business Ansible Motion has been acquired by AB Dynamics for £31.2m (US$34.4m), consisting of a £19.2m (US$21.2m) initial consideration and a £12m (US$13.3m) payment subject to meeting performance criteria.
Following the acquisition from its three shareholders – Kia Cammaerts, Jonathan Walker and Robert Stevens – Ansible Motion will join AB Dynamics’ portfolio which supplies state-of-the-art simulation technologies and services to the automotive industry and motorsport sector.
The newly acquired simulator business will sit alongside AB Dynamics’ newly formed AB Simulation division, which is responsible for the Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator product range, and the simulation software provider rFpro.
Audi RS Q e-tron E2 completes endurance test program
Ahead of entering its first rally, the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 has undergone rigorous testing during September 2022 in the sandy dunes of Morocco. All six drivers and co-drivers – Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger, and Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz – were present for testing.
“Our plan was to have nine days of testing so that each driver/co-driver pairing could work with the test vehicle for three days,” explained Arnau Niubó Bosch, project leader track operations, Audi.
Why the governance of hydrogen fuel cells focuses on purity
ATTI’s legal expert discusses the intricacies of compliance testing for hydrogen fuel cells.
Soon after the Ford Model T came into the world – regarded as the first affordable motor vehicle ever to be made – so did the famous scientist John B Goodenough. He would go on to become a materials scientist and create the well-known lithium-ion battery. Goodenough celebrated his 100th birthday on July 25 this year. In the race to replace fossil-based fuel, it’s fair to say that lithium-ion technology is ahead.
MATLAB and Simulink updates augment battery systems simulation and testing
Computational specialist MathWorks has introduced a new version of the MATLAB and Simulink software families. R2022b includes two fresh products and various other features that simplify and automate model-based design.
Simscape battery, which is one of the additions, provides design tools and parameterized models for electric vehicle battery systems. It enables creation of digital twins, virtual tests of battery pack architectures, design of battery management systems, and evaluation of battery system behavior across normal and fault conditions.