Development cycles are becoming shorter and shorter – especially in the automotive industry, which is increasingly focusing on the production of electric vehicles. To quickly adapt to new requirements, suppliers need not only promising ideas for products but also systems that enable rapid validation. Test benches from Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau are designed to test prototypes or serial parts in a near-realistic, fast and economical way to detect and correct weak points. The functional test bench puts the power consumption and heating and cooling performance of climate control units to the test at varying temperatures.
Performance test at changing temperatures
The unit is inserted into the test chamber and connected to the test medium circuit. To simulate battery operation in an electric vehicle, a power supply with low voltage (0 to 20VDC / 5A) or high voltage (0 to 600VDC / 150A) is available. The test medium (water-glycol mixture or pure glycol, e. g. Glysantin G40, G44, G48) circulates with a freely programmable temperature of -35 to +100 degrees Celsius and a flow rate of 3 to 30 l/min. Optionally, the test can also be carried out in a climatic chamber at -40 to +140 degrees Celsius to simulate changing ambient temperatures.
A valid long-term test usually takes 20 days. Around the clock, the temperature and volume flow of the test medium vary depending on the programmed test cycles, as well as the ambient temperature if the test is carried out in the climatic chamber. Continuously the temperature of the test medium is measured at the inlet and outlet of the test object as well as the ambient temperature. The flow rate, pressure and pressure drop as well as current and voltage in the high and low voltage range are also documented. The focus is on the thermal and electrical performance of the heating/cooling unit under varying environmental conditions.
Safe and easy to use
The system meets the highest safety standards and is very easy to operate. As with all PPM systems, measurement data acquisition and visualization are carried out with LabVIEW applications from National Instruments. All test sequences and data are automatically stored on the system and can be exported to the network for evaluation. The open software structure allows additional sensors and data to be integrated into the test. Numerous customer-specific relevant parameters can thus be mapped. Fast service via remote maintenance and on-site technicians are also part of the service package.