Powertrain

Premier independent testing facilities.

Millbrook supports engine and vehicle development, calibration and testing for emissions, fuel consumption, energy and range. It serves global automotive, fuel and lubricant markets and designs test programmes to meet customers’ objectives, working both to Regulatory standards and customer-specific requirements.

Facilities for engines include a wide range of test cells. Millbrook offers chassis dynamometers with climatic capabilities for both light and heavy duty vehicles. All of these include full CVS emissions measurement systems for development and certification to Euro 6 and VI standards.

Millbrook is expert in track-based and Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing, working with Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) from all major manufacturers.



Vehicle Emissions Laboratory

Repeatable and reliable testing for exhaust emissions and fuel consumption.

Millbrook is at the forefront of helping vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1s, converters and fuel and lubricant companies develop clean automotive technology, designing programmes to measure and assess impacts on air pollution and fuel economy.

From autumn 2016, Millbrook’s 4WD dynamometer facility will be fully compliant with the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) enabling Millbrook to test 4WD, high performance and complex hybrid and electric vehicles.

Vehicle test capabilities include:

  • 2WD emissions chassis dynamometer
  • 4WD climatic emissions chassis dynamometer
  • Heavy duty climatic emissions chassis dynamometer
  • Evaporative Emissions VTSHED
  • Canister loading and purging rig
  • On-vehicle fuel flow meters
  • Particle size distribution measurement
  • FTIRs for NOx and other pollutant speciation
  • Electric vehicle range and energy consumption measurement
  • Defrost, demist and climatic testing
  • Portable Emissions Measurement Systems for Real Driving Emissions

Millbrook can help with dilute tailpipe emissions analysis, raw emissions analysis, mass particulates, particle number analysis, catalyst efficiency, fuel consumption, European and US Federal cold start (-7°C) emissions, US Federal SFTP US06 and SC03 and ambient/hot/cold emissions development.

Large Variable Temperature Emissions Chamber

The largest environmental test chamber can accommodate anything up to a double decker bus and contains a heavy duty emissions chassis dynamometer.

  • Temperature range: -30°C to +50°C
  • Fully transient 48 inch single roll chassis dynamometer capable of up to 20,000kgs inertia simulation
  • Multi-venturi CVS system for engine tailpipe and bag emissions sample

dilute tailpipe emissions analysis, raw emissions analysis, mass particulates, particle number analysis, catalyst efficiency, fuel consumption, European and US Federal cold start (-7ºC) emissions, US Federal SFTP US06 and SC03 and ambient/hot/cold emissions development

Portable Emissions Measurement

Latest on-board systems are available, from each of the major suppliers, helping to increase fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions through repeatable, correlated testing and analysis.

Type-approval emission requirements for motor vehicles have been tightened significantly through the Euro standards. While there have been emissions reductions across a range of regulated pollutants, further improvements in this area are required in order to improve air quality.

Millbrook has conducted numerous projects across light duty, heavy duty and off-road vehicle types to provide results representative of real-world driving conditions. Key data helps shape future fuel and vehicle technologies, including gaseous measurements of CO, NOx, NO, NO2, CO2 and O2 and particulate measurements.

Engine Technology Centre

Millbrook’s engine test cells include a range of eddy-current, transient and high dynamic dynamometers up to 600kW to conduct anything from engine durability and validation testing through to research and development work.

The centre benefits from continual updates and expansion as part of Millbrook’s multi-million pound Powertrain investment programme. Latest addition includes four new cells designed primarily for CEC fuels testing.

Engine Test capabilities include:

  • Latest test cell automation software and hardware
  • Up to 600kW high dynamic dynamometers
  • Cold climatic capability, down to -30°C
  • Road Load Simulation
  • Full CVS emissions system
  • Extensive emissions measurement capability
  • Gigabit Combustion measurement
  • Full DOE capability with real time controllers and online optimisation
  • CEC fuels testing
  • Fuel blending up to 1000L
  • Bulk and special fuels capability

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