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NTS has provided automotive testing and certification services both domestically and internationally for over 20 years. The automotive testing services performed by NTS cover safety, reliability, longevity, durability and functionality. In addition to the wide range of services we offer for product manufacturers of all types, we offer a portfolio of services specifically for the automotive industry. Please browse this section of our site for more information.

Automotive Testing at NTS Detroit

Conveniently located to provide a fast turnaround for complex projects, NTS Detroit boasts one of the best-equipped automotive component testing labs in the country. Staffed by a team of engineers who understand your industry, NTS Detroit can provide complete automotive testing solutions for manufacturers, contractors and sub-contractors. We are fully equipped to provide:

  • Vibration testing: Vibration and shock can have profound effects on a vehicle’s long-term performance and reliability. Testing for these conditions requires powerful tools to replicate the cumulative forces experienced over years of driving. NTS Detroit is equipped with both electro-dynamic vibration systems providing up to 16,000 force-pounds vertically and horizontally, as well as servo-hydraulic vibrators featuring up to 20,000 force-pounds with 10-inch stroke. Either of these can be equipped with sophisticated data acquisition tools that record acceleration, strain, load, torque, sound, pressure, voltage and a range of other measurements.
  • Climatic testing: The average vehicle is exposed to a diverse set of environmental conditions over the course of its life. Knowing how a vehicle will react to extreme temperatures, humidity and other conditions is a key design consideration. To facilitate this, NTS maintains over 100 environmental simulation chambers in its Detroit laboratory, including a dual-vehicle drive-in chamber. We can accurately recreate thermal shock, corrosion, sand and salt, atmospheric pressure and many other conditions.
  • Mechanical testing: NTS provides mechanical testing for automotive engines and other components. We also perform fluid dynamics analyses, leak detection and more. NTS Detroit is equipped with a variety of automotive test systems, including linear and rotary servo-hydraulic actuators for stress testing automotive materials, MTS control systems, a helium mass spectrometer and more. We can design a custom automotive component testing protocol that helps you meet regulatory challenges while engineering safer and more efficient vehicles.

In addition to the numerous dynamic, environmental, and EMI testing NTS provides to our automotive customers, we also offer industry specific tests such as:

Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Testing

Recognizing the importance of this growing market segment, NTS has invested in the tools necessary to test hybrid and electric vehicle components. This includes a 400hp high speed regen dynamometer equipped with a 600V/600A battery simulator that can provide advanced powertrain testing. Our team also designs custom data acquisition and control systems, and we can develop a back-to-back dyno rig for thermal cycling and endurance testing.

Whether you work with gas, diesel, EV/HEV or alternative fuel vehicles, NTS Detroit has the technical capabilities to provide advanced automotive engine testing and other services. Our 65,000-square-foot campus is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and staffed by a team of expert engineers with a long history in the business. Let us help you meet your auto testing goals. Contact NTS Detroit to request a quote.