The world economy changes at a faster rate than ever and governments around the world are being forced to recognize this. Budget overruns that used to be standard operating procedure are no longer tolerated. Now, more and more governments are looking to reduce cost and inefficiency by using focused and efficiently run research and development companies. The Auto Research Center is one of them.

Beyond fuel economy challenges, military needs extend into thermal dynamic challenges. Whether it's a desire to reduce internal cabin temperatures or how to improve the efficiency of a blocked radiator due to debris, ARC is capable of handling the range of specific thermal issues.

Full program management with the capabilities for coupling necessary talents under extreme conditions is a typical day at ARC. Combine this with our standard for working under very short time constraints and it becomes obvious how ARC helps governments utilize their budgets more efficiently.

ARC offers both physical and digital aerodynamic testing. The ARC wind tunnel can test up to 50% scale models, while digital testing is done using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software (thermal dynamics). Depending on the budget, all programs could benefit from our multi-facetted approach. The wind tunnel is booked by the hour for a minimum of 12 hours per booking. CFD services can be purchased on a run-per-run basis or as an integrated part of a program.

At the 7-post shaker rig, customers can test their vehicles using all seven posts to simulate aerodynamic and inertial loads as well as road loading. If a simpler simulation is warranted only four posts can be used. This facility also offers a dynamic tire heating system to enhance real-world accuracy.

Reverse engineering is especially critical in today's need for improved efficiencies. The goal is to create a digital model from the physical parts. From scanning a suspension pickup bracket or an entire vehicle, our portable, laser system is capable of handling the job. Reverse engineering is booked on a project-to- project basis.

We understand that with today’s high energy costs even the smallest gains can add up to substantial costs savings, that is why we designed a driveline dyno that resolves horsepower to .1 hp. This full power facility allows components to be tested under the same road loading conditions that they would experience in service and measures power output at the hubs. This will allow the end user to fully optimize their drivetrain. The driveline dyno is booked on an hourly basis for a minimum of 8 hours per booking.

Beyond the individual usage of ARC tools, our experience will enable a client to design a combined technical approach that meets the specific needs and goals for our customers. A combined program typically can reduce individual costs for our services and offer a more focused and robust approach to performance improvement. Efficiency is the key to winning market share, as well as turning your development program into a success.


Solution packages by ARC for Military
Aerodynamic Development Vehicle Dynamics Computer Aided Engineeering Concept Prototyping
Facility Design Thermal Management Vehicle Design Consultancy



ARC offers the following Services and Tools for Military
Wind Tunnel Testing CFD 7-Post Drivetrain Testing
Reverse Engineering Rapid Prototyping Vehicle Simulation Model Making


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