Sakor Technologies has been awarded a Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). The company will use the funding for research necessary to develop a new thermal transient anemometer (TTA), a device used to measure airflow moving through a running vehicle. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory.
The TTA will greatly enhance the ability to assess heat rejection from the under-hood region of vehicles. It has a slim profile, with a cell grid that fits easily behind the vehicle’s radiator, covering the entire air path so it can properly measure integrated air flow across the entire system, as well as flow through each segment. This can be used to selectively look at flows in different areas that correspond to vehicle components.
After testing a vehicle with the TTA, designers can then use 3D modeling data to determine what might be causing any air flow blockages found. The new TTA device can be sized and configured to meet virtually any requirement.
Sakor is working closely with MSU toward the ultimate goal of commercializing the technology and several major OEMs have already expressed interest.
April 26, 2016