Heavy diesel investment

The University of Central England’s Technology Innovation Centre is to commission a £1m research facility for heavy diesel powertrain development and emissions analysis


The University of Central England’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) is to commission a £1m research facility for heavy diesel powertrain development and emissions analysis. The centre will be built at its Birmingham-based, MillenniumPointHQ with the help of a £600K grant from Advantage West Midlands (AWM).

In 2003, TIC became the first UK university engineering faculty to respond to the automotive industry’s need to train engineers in computerised automotive calibration and control systems.

Key to its success was the installation of a transient AC dynamometer from MTS Powertrain Technology which was subsequently updated by that company’s new owner, Japan-based test equipment specialist A&D.

Now, the centre is to acquire a high-power 340 kW transient dynamometer from CP Engineering Systems, based in Malvern, Worcestershire. This will be augmented by gas-emissions analysis equipment supplied by the Surrey-based instruments division of UK’s Signal Group.

TIC’s collaborators include familiar names such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford and Visteon as well as German vehicle developers IAV, test equipment specialists A&D and software and leading engine calibration company, ATI Vision.

TIC’s heavy diesel engine cell development-partners are Nuneaton-based MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) and Uttoxeter’s JCB with software support from leading US-based software house PTC.