Extreme-Temperature Chambers

Extremetemperature ChambersWESTEST operates two environmental chambers that can generate extreme temperatures ranging from -50º C to +60º C for various tests. The chambers test engine cold starts, vehicle heating/air conditioning, defrosters, reduced temperature component operation, and calibration of temperature sensitive equipment.

Chamber 1

  • 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.
  • Mechanical specifications: Multi-stage refrigeration systems capable of bringing the room to -50°C and heating equipment capable of raising room temperature to +40°C.Different operating modes available depending upon the heat load generated by the test article.
  • Capacity: Can accommodate vehicles such as commercial buses, ambulances, armored personnel carriers, or other large industrial equipment. A 2.4 m (7 ft) extension 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.

Operating ModeTypical UseExtreme TemperatureLowest Temperature with Heat Load (TBD)
Mode 1Cool static material-50°C (-58°F)-30°C (-22°F)
Mode 2Cool static material/non-combusting heat sources-50°C (-58°F)-30°C (-22°F)with 185 kW engine at high idle for 30 minutes
Mode 3Cool operating vehicles-40°C (-40°F)-40°C (-40°F) with 185 kW engine (full load) operating continuously
Mode 4Hot temperature testing (make-up chilled for combustion)40°C (104°F) with high R.H.NA



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