Arctic Test Centre
The Arctic Test Centre is a one-of-a-kind test facility in Western Canada, offering manufacturers access to extreme cold temperature testing. The Centre can accommodate large vehicles and equipment up to 5.56 m (18.3 ft) long. Extreme cold conditions can be maintained over an extended period of time, ensuring a true simulation of conditions, which is necessary for reliable environmental testing.
Dimensions: 17.5 m (57.5 ft) long x 5.7 m (18.5 ft) wide x 5.5 m (18 ft) high with a large 4.3 m (14 ft) wide x 4.9 m (16 ft) high door.
Capacity: Can accommodate vehicles such as commercial buses, ambulances, armoured personnel carriers, or other large industrial equipment. A 2.4 m (7 ft) extension is available, allowing a working length of 18.5 m (60 ft).
Controls: Computerized control of chamber temperature and humidity including programmable setpoints with scheduled ramping.
Mechanical specifications: Multi-stage refrigeration systems capable of bringing the room to -50°C (-58 °F). Different operating modes are available depending upon the heat load generated by the test article:
- Cool static material: -50°C (-58°F); -30°C (-22°F)
- Cool static material/non-combusting heat sources: -50°C (-58°F); -30°C (-22°F) with 185 kW engine at high idle for 30 minutes
- Cool operating vehicles: -40°C (-40°F); -40°C (-40°F) with 185 kW engine (full load) operating continuously