ARAI inaugurates Homologation and Tech Centre at Chakan with state-of-the-art facilities as part of golden jubilee celebrations
A new Homologation and Technology Centre has been inaugurated at Chakan by the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Anant Geete, as a key portion of ARAI’s(Automotive Research Association of India) golden jubilee year.
At a combined investment of Rs. 370 crore(270 crore by ARAI and 100 crore by NATRIP), the facility aims at meeting engineering advances, global standards and infrastructure for homologation of vehicles from Indian and foreign automobile manufacturers and their products to export markets.
The new facility consists of a powertrain lab, an automotive electronics lab, passive safety lab, fatigue and materials lab with the equipment level to match other global automotive research centres.
The Passive Safety Laboratory plays a key role in ensuring the vehicles stick by the upcoming stringent safety regulations not only in India but can conduct experiments as required by NCAP, AIS, FMVS and ECE that are responsible for maintaining safety rules in various parts of the world.
The forthcoming safety rating system in India will be determined by Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme and crash tests can be performed of speeds up to 56kph for rear and side impacts with full frontal and offset tests can be evaluated.
The Powertrain Laboratory established under NATRIP(National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project) can adhere to versatile demands of different safety organisations and can conduct various powertrain, engine and vehicle testings. Additionally, the performance of parts can be calculated with respect to the emissions, efficiency and power factors.
Whilst advanced emission tests can be carried out, a 220 kW chassis dynamometer, a Vehicle Test Cell and a climate chamber are used to evaluate number of parameters like fuel system, chassis strength and dynamics, engine longevity, temperature impacts on components and so on.
The Fatigue and Materials Laboratory can be of pivotal importance in determining structural and dynamic loading of chassis and other vehicle components using softwares as well as real-time experimental tests. This will assist in providing a market with high quality and eco-friendly products.
The Automotive Electronics Testing Laboratory will play a huge part in the future of transportation with the electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as the zero-emission technologies emerging as the essentials for a green world.
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