Oak Ridge to open new lab for powertrain evaluation

  • 10-Jun-2013 09:56 EDT
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Test cells at the new ORNL lab will have capabilities for full powertain and component-level evaluation and development.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is preparing to open a Vehicle Systems Integration Laboratory in July, with a focus on powertrain. Manufacturers will be able to test different designs under real-world conditions, which helps save time and cost. The lab’s evaluation and simulation capabilities will accommodate engines, electric motors, and transmissions in conventional or hybrid powertrain configurations for vehicles regardless of size, duty, or class. "We can test virtually every parameter of light-duty vehicles to hybrid heavy-duty rigs and everything in between," said David Smith of ORNL's Energy and Transportation Science Division. The VSI Lab will be co-located with the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at ORNL, which offers advanced analytical chemistry expertise and unique emissions measurement capabilities, as well as extensive expertise in high-efficiency combustion, alternative fuels, and advanced lubricants. Located near Knoxville, TN, ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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