Powertrain Integration Testing
At a glance
Millbrook’s powertrain rigs in the UK and the USA can be used for integration testing of complete vehicles and laid-out powertrains. They help Millbrook’s customers significantly reduce vehicle development times by streamlining powertrain integration and simulation.
In the UK, Millbrook’s 4WD Powertrain Rig enables manufacturers to exercise vehicle systems, network interactions and decision making through a full trip sequence (key-on, start, idle, drive away and stop), ahead of the full vehicle or all hardware being available.
Where hardware is not yet available, it is possible to use simulation techniques to allow them to exist virtually alongside existing parts of the vehicle during testing.
These types of testing techniques ensure that system behaviours are validated prior to powertrain and vehicle design freezes. It reduces overall vehicle programme costs by providing a platform to develop control strategies earlier, reducing the demand for prototype vehicle availability and decreasing whole-vehicle development times.
- Engine, transmission and driveline system integration, with or without the rest of the vehicle
- Hybrid, e-machine, BISG and e-axle development, integration and optimisation
- Testing of e-powertrains with a virtual vehicle battery using a battery simulator
- Functional safety and fault reaction testing