The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Spoke community has launched a network of virtual testing facilities designed to reduce the R&D process of low-carbon propulsion technologies.
The groundbreaking Multi User Systems Testing Environment for Research Program (MUSTER) uses advanced HIL technology to connect each of the APC’s six Spoke sites. This enables SMEs and academics across the UK to virtually access a full suite of vehicle testing equipment and simulate an entire powertrain in real time.
The US$4.5m (£3.5m) project funded through APC gives smaller organizations access to the latest physical and virtual testing equipment.
Chief executive of the APC, Ian Constance, said, “Our Spoke community brings together academia and industry to share best practice, expertise and facilities in the UK. True to this ethos, MUSTER will provide open access to an infrastructure of six world-leading test facilities throughout the UK, greatly reducing R&D time and costs, enabling SMEs to become more competitive and engage with academia, while providing the UK with unique facilities to attract further investment from leading research companies around the globe.”
April 21, 2017