Mechanical Test Stands
Automotive Engineering

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					System Power & Energy Lab

SwRI designed the ground systems power and energy laboratory (GSPEL) for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

Actively involved in the design, fabrication and control of a wide variety of test stands for the past 50 years, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) provides unique and novel solutions to unusual and complex system requirements. Project deliverables range from concept designs and functional specifications to detailed designs to complete turnkey test systems. Past projects include design and fabrication of mechanical test stands for applications ranging in size from 50 to 10,000 HP to meet the needs of the following industries:

  • Automotive
  • Trucking
  • Agriculture
  • Military
  • Aerospace
  • Marine
  • Petroleum
  • Wind turbine

Test stand applications developed for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force include development and production testing equipment for unique and innovative military vehicles, assemblies, and components, such as:

  • Military tracked vehicles
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Drivetrain components
  • Submarine power plants
  • Helicopter gearboxes
  • Hydraulic pumps, motors and vanes
  • High-pressure fuel systems

Menu of Test Stand Services

  • Concept design
  • Specifications preparation
  • Detailed design
  • Facility requirements
  • Mounting systems and base plates
  • Dynamometers
  • Auxiliary support/accessory systems
  • Safety and ergonomics
  • Instrumentation
  • Data acquisition and control
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Hardware fabrication
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Training

Related Terminology

test stands  •  test stand development  •  turnkey test systems  •  mechanical test stands  •  testing equipment  •  test stand services

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.