Georg UK is pleased to have won the contract by the University of Strathclyde to design, manufacture, and commission two-off special-purpose dynamometer test rigs to test customer motors and generators rated up to 1MW at speeds from 2,500-30,000rpm.
The specialist design work is completed, and work is now well underway with the manufacture and assembly of the equipment, which started at our Wolverhampton facility.
Both test cells will be built and tested in-house at Georg UK to simulate the exact installation conditions on-site before delivery and final commissioning.
The work is in collaboration with the multi-award-winning University of Strathclyde, a leading international technological university with extensive experience in innovation, de-risking and validation of new products and systems for electrification of high-power, high-integrity transport.
The 2-off 1MW rated dynamometers (due to be operational by Q2 2023) will be based at PNDC, an industry-facing innovation centre accelerating the development and deployment of novel energy and transport technologies. The facility aims to provide an integrated testing capability for components and subsystems for electrified transport at the megawatt scale, making strong use of power hardware in the loop (PHIL) technologies to emulate the environment in which the components and subsystems will operate.
Georg UK will provide a bespoke solution based around an open architecture, which will be integrated with the wider power hardware in the loop and data acquisition infrastructure in the facility. The open architecture will allow the dynamometers to be easily modified to address future testing needs.
In addition to the dynamometers, the new facility will incorporate:
- High-bandwidth 1MW AC and DC bi-directional power supplies.
- Real-time simulation capability, capable of simulating power electronic systems to microsecond time steps.
- Comprehensive distributed data acquisition suite.
- Programmable coolant supply, allowing variable temperature and flow rates to emulate real cooling system performance.
- On-site hydrogen supply.
Strathclyde combines existing expertise from across the University, including the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC), Applied Superconductivity Laboratory (ASL), Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and PNDC. Working collaboratively with academia, government and industry, and with strong supply chain links via the University of Strathclyde’s extensive network, the new facility will provide a unique offering in the European electrification landscape.