Automotive Solutions – Vehicle Development
During the research and development process for new vehicles, specifically work involving drivetrain and auxilary components, one parameter of particular importance is fluid flow. For engine R&D programs, typical measurements include: coolant flow for heat balance studies, oil flow to ensure proper lubrication, fuel and intake air flow to optimize the efficiency of the engine, and exhaust gas flow to ensure the engine and catalytic converter system complies with clean air guidelines.
In addition, two parameters vital to the longevity and operation of transmissions and power steering systems are the flow of lubrication/hydraulic fluid and the temperature of the fluid. In order to optimize the efficiency of climate control equipment, flows of coolant and refrigerant also need to be measured.