Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) building tour

Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) building tour


Welcome to the Automotive Centre of Excellence at
the University of Ontario Insitute of Technology
in Oshawa, Ontario.
The automotive centre or ACE, for short, is the
first research, development, and innovation centre
of its kind in Canada and in many respects the world.
ACE is a commercial test facility, which is owned
and operated by the university.
It is available to rent by manufacturers of all
descriptions, start-up companies and researchers.
ACE offers a full range of testing facilities that
allow for full climatic, durability, and life
cycle testings.
The large and small climate chambers are both very
large. They can offer temperature and humidity
soaking with the large climate chamber providing
enough space for properties as large as an
articulated bus.
Control of temperature and humidity allow for an
expanded variety of testing
which includes cold and hot starts, extended
idles, and other drivability schedules.
The large soakroom also has an input dynamometer
and a solar array in order to provide additional
testing capabilities.
ACE has a four poster shaker chamber to test
products in an up and down motions for suspension
and body durability, life-cycle testing, fatigue
testing, and the detection of squeak and rattle.
It is located in an environmental chamber allowing
for reliable testing in a range of temperature and humidity.
ACE has a multi-axis shaker table in a hemi-
anechoic chamber to test products for structural
durability, life-cycle testing, fatigue testing,
and the detection of noise and vibration in
three dimensions.
It offers repeatable and reproducible, high-
frequency, six degree-of-freedom simulation
of automotive and various other systems and components.
ACE has one of the largest and most sophisticated
climatic wind tunnels in the world.
In this chamber, wind speeds can exceed 240 km/h.
Temperatures range -40 to 60 degree celsius and
relative humidity ranges from 5 to 95 percent.
The climatic wind tunnel also has a large chassis
dynomometer on an 11 meter turn table that can,
for the first time anywhere, test properties by
yawing into the airstream and simulating cross
winds in full vehicle speeds.
It also has a solar array to replicate effects of
the sun and is hydrogen capable allowing for
alternative fuel and fuel cell development.
Now that you have taken virtual tour of ACE,
let the game BEGIN!

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