Cross-drive transmission test unit installed by Mustang Advanced Engineering at Red River Army Depot

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Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) has completed the installation of a diesel engine-driven, electric motor-loaded, hydro mechanical powertrain (HMPT) transmission dynamometer test stand at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) in Texas. This special project involved turnkey installation and commissioning, and training on how to use the dyno.

The unit includes a self-contained closed-loop liquid cooling system capable of evaluating the HMPT-500-3ECB and HMPT-800 transmissions. Input power is provided to the test article using a Cummins VTA-903 675 HP diesel engine with independent electric motors which load the output drives of the test article, closely emulating in-vehicle real-world operating conditions.

As part of the project, an attached steel awning had to be constructed with concrete pad to house the fuel storage tank for the diesel engine, the external heat radiating unit for the self-contained liquid cooling system, the dynamometer load units; engine fuel supply system, control and data acquisition systems; self-contained cooling systems for the engine, transmission, fuel, and load units, supplies and construction labor for the building addition; and equipment, supplies and manpower for the system installation, offloading, and unpacking of all equipment.

RRAD will use the equipment to analyze military cross drive-type transmissions, such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System (BFVS) transmission and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) transmission, in line with the National Maintenance Work Requirements.

“This installation is another success for MAE and significantly enhances Red River’s rebuilding and testing capabilities. The project showcases MAE’s experience, quality and innovation. The entire MAE team takes great pride in supporting America’s Warfighters,” commented David Ganzhorn, VP of sales at Mustang Advanced Engineering.

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