Testing Equipment

Engine Test Stand

WESTEST’s versatile engine stand allows engines to be tested or operated independently of the vehicles and equipment they power. The stand is flexible to accommodate engines of different sizes and configurations.

The test stand is used to develop, characterize and test freestanding engines rather than complete vehicles. The stand's primary test equipment component is an engine dynamometer used to measure torque and engine speed to determine power output directly from the crankshaft.

Engine stand specifications and features include:

  • Engine cooling column
  • Charge air cooler
  • Dynamometer driveshaft with torsionally soft coupling
  • Load control assembly
  • 128 channels of dedicated data acquisition

Coupled with WESTEST’s Data Acquisition Capabilities, a Wide Range of Performance Variables Can Be Measured

The equipment provides for different regimes of engine operation and measures several physical parameters of performance. When used with WESTEST’s suite of data acquisition capabilities, a wide range of performance variables can be measured and optimized including:

  • Engine power and torque output
  • Angular velocity of crankshaft
  • Intake air and fuel consumption rates
  • Environmental pollutant concentrations in exhaust gas including carbon monoxide, different types of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter.
  • Temperatures and gas pressures at several points on the engine body including engine oil temperature, spark plug temperature, exhaust gas temperature, intake manifold pressure.
  • Atmospheric conditions such as temperature, pressure, humidity.

The engine test stand is integrated with the Vehicle Performance Facility and upgrades engine dynamometers currently in WESTEST’s inventory.

Delivering a Number of Value-added Tests

The test stand and related equipment can perform a number of value-added tests to assess the engine performance while operating under load. These tests can include:

  • Fuel efficiency and drivability under steady-state and transient conditions
  • Component durability testing
  • Oil and lubrication tests
  • Compliance testing to relevant emission regulations
  • Engine performance mapping or developing a multidimensional input-output map among different engine variables
  • Alternative fuel comparative assessments.

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Manitoba Operations

Toll Free: 1.800.561.8378 (Ext. 224)
Phone: 204.857.4811 (Ext. 224)
Fax: 204.239.7124

P.O. Box 1060, 390 River Road
Portage la Prairie, MB Canada
R1N 3C5

Email: portage@westest.ca

Toll Free: 1.800.561.8378 Phone: 204.857.4811 Fax: 204.239.7124 P.O. Box 1060, 390 River Road Portage la Prairie, MB Canada R1N 3C5