Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), UK, has invested in an LDS V8 combo shaker to support its government-funded research into low carbon mobility. The V8 system is supplied by Brüel & Kjær and enables WMG’s team to carry out vibration tests on large lithium-ion battery systems (up to 600kg in weight) as they go through the cycling process (charge/discharge).
The system forms part of the WMG High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult center, based at the University of Warwick, UK. HVM Catapult is a government-funded program, which encompasses research across a number of different themes – WMG’s theme of low-carbon mobility has a specific focus on energy storage and weight reduction.
As part of this program, WMG is testing the robustness and lifespan of rechargeable battery systems within its Energy Innovation Centre. In future, WMG also hopes to add a thermal capability to the system, in order to carry out simultaneous vibration, cycling and temperature testing.
Meanwhile, co-founder of Brüel & Kjær, Per V Brüel, passed away on April 2, 2015, just a month after celebrating his 100th birthday. More on how he founded the company is available here in the March 2015 issue of Automotive Testing Technology International.
April 9, 2015