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A new million pound automotive facility is being unveiled at the University of Bath

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Written by: Liza-Jane Gillespie | Posted 30 September 2015 16:25

A new million pound automotive facility is being unveiled at the University of Bath

The university is launching its new Centre for Low Emissions Vehicle Research (CLEVeR) featuring a state of the art chassis dynamometer.

Known as a rolling road, the dynamometer will be used to test real-world driving conditions within a controlled laboratory environment.

The facility is the result of a £1.8m equipment funding award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and £600,000 from the University of Bath.

It will be able to analyse vehicle performance at a range of temperatures, vary the humidity of driving conditions and carry out state-of-the-art emission measurements,

This will make sure that emissions on the road are the same as those tested in the laboratory – which is essential to help with EU targets to reduce car emissions.

The facility also has a robotic driver which can be programmed to perform a range of driving styles to reflect everyday varying driver behaviour.

Hybrid vehicles can be examined using the dynamometer, with two power supply racks for battery emulation, giving faster analysis in a safe environment.

CLEVeR will be fully operation in October 2015 and will be taking on collaborative investigations with a number of the industry's leading companies.

Professor Gary Hawley is the lead investigator for CLEVeR and dean of the University of Bath's Faculty of Engineering and Design.

He said: "This unique new facility will open avenues of automotive research that were not previously possible.

"We have established a platform where fundamental academic research can be undertaken alongside applied industry investigations in a world-class environment.

"CLEVeR will address many of the future research challenges associated with current and future low and ultra-low carbon vehicles under real world driving conditions."


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