MTS Systems Reports Tire Testing System Now Operational at National Tire Research Center
Feb 15, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
MTS Systems Corp., a supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, announced that the world's most advanced tire testing system is now fully operational at the National Tire Research Center in Alton, Va.
According to a release, the Flat-Trac LTRe Tire Testing System can apply complex, real-world driving maneuvers to passenger vehicle, light truck and even racing car tires in a controlled, repeatable laboratory setting. Data generated by these tests are used by OEMs and tire manufacturers to optimize vehicle safety and performance.
"The Flat-Trac LTRe delivers the high-power density and performance bandwidth required to test a very wide range of tires up to and beyond their physical limits," said Rich Baker, General Manager of MTS Test. "Its ability to replicate real-world maneuvers with high fidelity represents a real step forward in tire testing. Not only does it enable that thousands of simulations can be run in the same amount of time it takes to complete a single test on a track, it also paves the way for new test methodologies such as hybrid simulation, which combines the test system with a computer model to evaluate a tire's interaction with other vehicle components and subsystems."
The Flat-Trac LTRe is capable of simulating a variety of operating conditions and driving events.
Frank Della Pia, NTRC Executive Director, said, "We're creating a whole new genre of testing. There will not be a peer facility for the NTRC. When you add up all the capabilities the NTRC has to offer, it's going to be a transformational leap in tire technology."
"Tires play a critical role in overall vehicle performance, safety and energy efficiency. The revolutionary MTS Flat-Trac test system at NTRC will enable OEMs and tire manufacturers to more effectively develop the safer, higher-performing vehicles the world demands," said Jeffrey Graves, MTS President and CEO. "We're confident that the result of our collaboration with NTRC will be a lasting positive impact on the future of tire and vehicle development worldwide."
MTS Systems Corp. is a supplier of test systems and position sensors.
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