Millbrook has expanded its propulsion testing and development facilities in Bedfordshire, UK with the opening of two new 4WD climatic emissions chassis dynamometers, a PEMS workshop and a 4WD powertrain test system.
These facilities are being correlated to ensure that vehicles can be repeatedly tested for global compliance to standards such as the WLTP. The PEMS workshop, suitable for vehicles from small passenger cars through to buses and trucks, provides a space for engineers to calibrate equipment to suit a variety of PEMS tests. It was built to meet increased customer demand for vehicle emissions testing.
Prior to testing the full powertrain, Millbrook can validate integrations at an individual system level, such as EDU, on a 2WD test system. All facilities are conveniently located close to Millbrook’s climatic chambers and shakers, which are used for system and component durability tests.
Millbrook’s propulsion systems test facilities are ideally suited to testing the real-world energy efficiency and consumption of fuels and lubricants and the wear characteristics on components.
Alex Burns, president of Millbrook, commented, “The rate of development of ultra-low emission, electrified and alternative powertrains has gathered astonishing pace in recent years, creating many new challenges.
“Millbrook now has a suite of test facilities that allow engineers to test a full range of powertrain types to a number of repeatable test procedures, with results from one test facility easily correlated to another.”
Millbrook is also investing in a new variable temperature emissions chamber in the UK to provide emissions testing for heavy duty vehicles across conventional, hybrid, electric, hydrogen and alternative powertrains.