Automotive

TRaC deliver a comprehensive range testing and computational analysis of vehicle components and full vehicles to meet the EMC and environmental qualification, reliability and legislative demands of the automotive market.

TRaC have developed the capabilities to support our clients homologation needs, from assessing in-car entertainment and communications systems, validating the robustness of electric and hybrid electric vehicle technologies, virtual test track simulation of mechanical stress, through to full vehicle electromagnetic compatibility testing on our rolling road. Our testing, validation and certification give our customers confidence in product safety, product reliability, product interoperability and compliance with essential legal requirements before the product goes into service.

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EMC Testing

TRaC offer comprehensive automotive testing services to our customers. TRaC is an appointed VCA Technical Service with UKAS accreditation for Whole Vehicle Testing. We have the ability to perform automotive type approval to the latest Automotive EMC Directive for electrical sub assemblies, as well as testing to other manufacturer specifications.

TRaC can provide all the necessary information for assessment, documentation, testing and reporting. This provides the opportunity to manage the whole e-marking process rather than the manufacturer having to deal with the test house and VCA separately. This ultimately makes the whole process of obtaining an e mark on an automotive component or whole vehicle more efficient and cost effective.

Our 16m Semi Anechoic Chamber, with a rolling road can accommodate large and heavy vehicles as well as standard passenger cars. The chamber enables EMC testing to be carried out for both emissions and immunity, eliminating the need to move the vehicle, resulting in reduced set up times and therefore reduced costs. Smaller products can be tested in any of the 10 smaller chambers within the group.

Typical standards tested to include:

Test Standard
EMC Testing 2004/104/EC (which replaces 95/54/EC)

TRaC can also test to a variety of Home Office specifications, including the Speedmeter Handbook and NPIA AES Specifcations.

Environmental testing

The ability of a product to withstand the environment within which it has to operate is critical to its success. In today’s competitive world, only vehicles that are demonstrably more reliable will succeed. TRaC can provide a comprehensive facility for automotive component and equipment designers to evaluate and qualify the behaviour and performance of their products by subjecting them to the following controlled test conditions:

  • Vibration and shock
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Water and Dust ingress protection (IP)
  • High cycle fatigue
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic fatigue cycling and pressure pulsing
  • Salt corrosion
  • Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT)

Typical standards tested to include:

Test Standard
Vibration and Shock VW, Ford, SAE – Customised from road gathered data
Environmental/Climatic VW, Ford, SAE

Radio testing

TRaC provide radio compliance testing for all types of radio systems that are employed in automotive technology, from hands free kits, to anti-theft systems, to proximity radars. These systems include UWB, Bluetooth, SRD technology and TRaC is well placed to offer the complete solution for all of these products.
Typical standards tested to include:

Test Standard
Radio/Wireless devices RTTE Directive 
EN 300 328 
EN 300 220 
EN 300 330 
EN 300 440 
EN301489-x series 
CFR 47 FCC Pt2, 22, 24, 25, 27,74, 75, 90 
CFR 47 FCC Pt 15

Test reports

Automotive test reporting requires a very professional approach with careful attention to detail as laid down in the test standards. These reports are more involved than most "commercial" reports because of the nature of complex equipment under test. At TRaC  we acknowledge the requirement for speedily generated test reports. Under normal circumstances reports are generated within two weeks. However we do offer a report generation service within 2-3 days if required.

Analysis

TRaC provides our automotive customers with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) solutions to determine the complex stresses and deflections under static and dynamic loads. Vehicles travelling over rough surfaces involve interactions between relatively stiff structures having comparatively flexible suspension. Using FEA techniques, TRaC can evaluate virtual prototypes and optimize designs for performance, safety and comfort, without the inevitable time-scale and cost risks in building and testing physical prototypes.

Similarly, airflow and component cooling is an important consideration in automotive design, and using Computational Fluid Analysis techniques, TRaC can accelerate your development time for critical heating, cooling and fluid handling systems.

TRaC's analysis team provide real world data acquisition services and data processing, which can be used for boundary conditions for stress modelling or used to generate accelerated life vibration test conditions.

Typical automotive analysis solutions include:

Analysis type Analysis Tool
Multi-body Dynamics ADAMS
Fatigue Life Prediction FE Safe
Vibration and Shock Analsys MS Nastran
Ansys
Simulation of non-linear assemblies Abaqus
Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer CF Design

Benefits of testing at TRaC

Through our national (VCA), international (Notified body for E-marking) and OEM-specific approvals, your qualification testing and assessment at TRaC provides your product with a passport for global market access. TRaC have unrivalled technical capabilities, competences and track record in delivering demanding qualification and compliance programmes across the spectrum of industry. Our expertise is not limited to testing, and we are available to de-risk your qualification process throughout your product lifecycle, from concept design consultancy, detailed design analysis, and pre-compliance testing, saving our customers' time and money. We provide our clients with one-stop access to the complete approvals process, with dedicated project managers delivering a single-point-of-contact turnkey service.  With a comprehensive range of test facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, automated test processes and flexible shift patterns, TRaC deliver the highest levels of test efficiency and scheduling to meet the most demanding qualification deadlines.