SAKOR Technologies has supplied a belt noise test stand to Ford, which the carmaker will use to meet new SAE specifications for belt noise in vehicle Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) applications, as well as other noise testing requirements.
The new belt noise test stand uses a high-speed AC dynamometer system to simulate the engine, allowing testing to be performed in a clean laboratory environment without the need for the fuel, cooling, and fire suppression systems necessary for fired-engine testing, says the company. It features a thermal chamber as well as a water mist system to simulate a wide range of environmental conditions, and can be used for testing both axial and angular belt misalignment and performing belt aging and durability testing.