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New Roush Simulation Lab Eliminates Need For Actual Road Tests
June 3, 2019
The new $6 million purpose-built durability and road simulation test facility allows businesses to test the structural reliability of vehicles and vehicle components early in the product design timeline.
New Roush Simulation Lab Eliminates Need For Actual Road Tests

Roush has announced a new, $6 million purpose-built durability and road simulation test facility—which is the first of its kind, according to the company—that allows businesses to test the structural reliability of vehicles and vehicle components early in the product design timeline.

“Roush’s investment in the Roush Advanced Durability Lab ensures products in the development phase live up to users’ expectations,” said Jeff Johnston, president of testing services for Roush. “It gives us the unique capability to serve our customers at subsystem, component and full vehicle levels.”

The Roush Advanced Durability Lab acts as a full vehicle road simulator that eliminates the need to drive vehicles on a proving ground. It recreates real-world forces and motions while reducing total durability test time.

The lab’s technology also features the world’s only contract six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) test rig, according to Roush, which means there are six parameters or ways that the device can move to simulate the complex, nonlinear events that are required for meaningful durability road simulation.

“As modern vehicle technology continues to advance, so does the testing,” Johnston said. “Roush can engineer and release solutions to any issues found during real-time simulation, which will save customers money, provide faster testing cycles and get products to market faster.”

Features of the full-service lab include 2,500-square-feet of bedplate for vehicles; sub-system and component durability testing; private, isolated control rooms; central 450 gallons-per-minute hydraulic pump; and a cooling tower.

“Roush’s expansion adds a new servo-hydraulic infrastructure that enables a myriad of other testing applications, including component durability, calibration and test-to-failure,” said Johnston.

The facility, located in Roush’s Building 11 in Livonia, Michigan, is now available to customers in the automotive, electric vehicle, autonomous and more industries.

For more information, visit roush.com.