Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) recently completed the installation of a heavy-duty chassis dynamometer at Aramco research and development center in Novi, Michigan, the company announced.
Aramco‘s research and development efforts hope to accelerate the reduction of emissions and improve fuel efficiency in the transportation industry, the company said, and has been researching mobile carbon capture as one such way of decreasing carbon emissions from internal combustion engine vehicles.
Aramco engaged MAE in the development of a chassis dynamometer that could accurately simulate the driving conditions for heavy duty, class 8 trucks and buses with precise load control and repeatability, MAE representatives said. MAE delivered a custom designed MAE-7500-3K400-FAN-BG dynamometer, which was installed below ground. The dynamometer features three air-cooled eddy current power absorber units (PAU’s) along with an inertia disc and three individual fans for those PAU’s.
Aramco’s mobile carbon capture process involves a medium which naturally binds to the CO2 then is stripped, compressed and stored onboard the vehicle until it is offloaded, the company said. The potential for the CO2 solids to be reused could be used as a raw material in other industries and processes, such as carbon cured concrete.