The Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory is designed to support teaching and research in the automotive engineering field. The major piece of equipment is a 4x4 vehicle chassis dynamometer with individual torque control of each of the four rolls. This state-of-the-art dynamometer is used for all-wheel drive vehicle performance tests, fuel economy improvements, acceleration performance analysis, stability evaluation, durability and diagnostic tests, safety related experiments, and NVH structure developments.

Four-Wheel Drive Chassis Dynamometer

  • Unique 4x4 vehicle chassis dynamometer with individual wheel torque electronic controls of one, two, three, or all four drive wheels and speed capability of up to 100 mph.
  • Four individual wheel power absorbers with 175 HP per wheel capability for continuous operation and up to 350 HP intermittently.
  • Adjustable 89-135 inch wheelbase with an extension up to 175 inches. vehicle performance: open and limited slip differentials, locking differentials, viscous drive, traction control, and other mechanical and mechatronic driveline systems.
  • Research wheel power balance to improve tire design.
  • Research in these areas and more:
  • Durability
  • Stability
  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Safety
  • Emissions
  • NVH