EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced the availability of the MTS 'ERS Test Solution', designed to help automotive companies introduce and optimize Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) in their hybrid-electric vehicles. This unique test system spans the performance range from Formula One racing to high-volume commercial passenger vehicles, bringing reduced development cycle times and realistic operating conditions to these hybrid vehicle systems. ERS technologies are the heart of next generation hybrid-electric vehicles, recovering the energy produced by braking and exhaust gas. Recovered energy is converted to electric power that can be stored or used immediately to boost vehicle power and fuel efficiency.
Successfully integrating ERS technologies into a vehicle platform requires considerable development and complex testing. Leveraging its experience in designing and manufacturing ERS components for Formula 1 racing teams, MTS has developed an accurate and repeatable means of performing such tests, greatly accelerating the process of ERS integration for any given vehicle.
"With the MTS solution, engineers now have a reliable way to address the challenges inherent in ERS technology development, and to accelerate its deployment into real-world vehicle environments," said Dr. Rich Baker, Senior Vice President of MTS Test. "Developers can accurately evaluate how different ERS operating strategies affect vehicle performance and efficiency, giving them valuable insight into how to best capture, store and return energy back to the drive train."The MTS ERS test solution incorporates a computer-generated vehicle and physical test stations for up to three ERS components, enabling the accurate simulation of a fully integrated vehicle. It is capable of testing components that rotate at angular velocities of up to 120,000 RPM and absorb/generate up to 150 kW.