3 Essential Features For A Dynamometer Enclosure In A Larger Performance Shop

Posted on: 20 April 2016

Testing motorcycles or performance cars with a dynamometer is the best way to offer your customers the most accurate adjustments to their engines, but you can't just put the sensitive equipment in the corner of the shop and expect it to return accurate results. Learn why it's essential to build a separate room or enclosure for your equipment so that you can control these three critical environmental factors.

Climate Control

First, you'll need a way to keep the temperature steady around the dynamometer. Running an engine at its top performance creates a lot of heat, and the braking process of the testing equipment further releases heat into the room. Air conditioning, or at the very least high powered fans for bringing in fresh air from the exterior, is essential to the proper testing environment. If the temperature rises too high inside the enclosure or around the testing unit, it will produce inaccurate results and could critically malfunction.

Aside from temperature, you'll also need to maintain even humidity levels. High humidity won't necessarily ruin the testing equipment, but fluctuations in air moisture will change the test results from one run to the next. Without accurate and repeatable results, you can't prove to your customers that you're really improving their performance with your tuning services.

Noise Dampening

On top of the requirements of the dynamometer, consider the needs of the other employees working in and around the dynamometer enclosure. If you're building a smaller room inside your work bay or a large warehouse, you need to invest in high quality sound dampening panels for the walls and ceiling. Without enough noise pollution control, you could end up with an OSHA violation inside the shop or a complaint from a neighboring business that can hear the sounds of engines being tested. Don't forget about adding silencing chambers to your exhaust ducts as well or the neighborhood will definitely hear the roar of the fans and other cooling equipment.

Air Filtration

Finally, consider where all those exhaust fumes are going that the engine produces as it's being tested. All gas and diesel engines, whether they're part of a sports bike or a semi truck, produce noxious clouds that shouldn't be inhaled in large quantities by the mechanics running the testing equipment. Install industrial grade filters on the exhaust system for your dynamometer enclosure so the fumes don't end up clouding around your building or escaping into the interior where your employees might inhale them.

For more information, contact Power Test Inc. or a similar company.