Transportation (automotive, railways)

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This area is for people interested in thermal products and processes related to transportation (automotive, railways). Click on the items below.  

 

Case studies

          

Wiring of the many measurement sensors in a prototype car prior to testing. (Photo courtesy of DaimlerChrysler AG)

The transportable data processing and storage unit located in the car boot. (Photo courtesy of DaimlerChrysler AG)

Case1: How can we improve test equipment for prototype cars?

An essential part of testing prototypes of new cars is to measure the vehicle components in extreme driving conditions. In prototypes there are many measuring points (300 or more) and data are logged for temperature, pressure, voltage, currents and internal vehicle information (from the various control units within the car).

Among the current challenges in developing an improved test system is to reduce the time it takes to assemble the testing equipment. As space in the car is limited it is also useful to develop decentralised measuring systems with standardised interfaces for fitted components or reliable radio-controlled interfacing. Another improvement would be to have smaller measuring devices with high temperature stability.

Possible supplier for such measurement systems is AFT Atlas Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH.

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Consultants

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Industry guides

 

Organisations

Verband der deutschen Automobilindustrie e.V  (VDA)
Westendstraße 61
60325 Frankfurt / Main
Germany
Email

The Society of Automotive Engineers SAE
400 Commonwealth Drive
Warrendale, PA 15096 - 0001
USA

Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE
1 Birdcage Walk
Westminster
London SW1H9JJ
UK

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Projects

Information about European Union-funded projects may be found at CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service). And you can try to find specific projects here.

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Temperature measurement

Infrared (non-contact) temperature measurement equipment and related resources (like training, calibration & industry application notes) can be found at the sites below:

FLIR Systems
IRCON
Land Instruments International
Mikron Infrared
Raytek
Wintronics


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Thermal property data

Firstly, try the evitherm data centre, where you might find the data you need and, if it's pay-for, more cheaply.

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Useful links

Reference materials

NPL provides reference materials for various thermophysical properties (thermal conductivity, diffusivity, emissivity etc.) and material types (metals, ceramics, insulation, etc.)

NIST provides reference materials for chemical composition, engineering and physical properties.

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