Millbrook Group, the independent vehicle testing, validation and engineering service have developed their Engine Test Centre to include four new engine test cells. Specifically designed for fuels testing, Millbrook are able to provide customers with fuels testing in compliance with The Co-ordinating European Council requirements.
As facilities providers, we were recently bought in to update the electrics within the test cells. This involved fitting all new trunking, sockets and power supplies to the various equipment (starting panels for the engines, fuel pumps, etc) with the Test Cell.
Once the Test Cells were up and running, we got busy installing the cabling and cable housing to connect the two dynamometers (devices for measuring power) to the high voltage transformers, allowing Millbrook to feel electricity back to their own HV network. In total, 18 individual cables with a total length of 1260m (1.25km) were installed.
In addition to the electrical work, we also upgraded the exhaust extract system - removing all existing fans and duct work and constructing steel mounting frames before replacing with brand new, larger fans and duct work.
Specifically required for a high profile client, all the work had to be carried out in an exceptionally tight timeframe. However, we rose to the challenge, liaising with multiple stakeholders (Millbrook, AVL contractors, in house teams and FPM contractors) whilst maintaining a safe site.