million in a new Large Climatic Vibration Laboratory and Battery Abuse Facility. Set to open in October, the new Large Climatic Vibration Laboratory is the UK’s first battery vibration test facility or ‘shaker’ as it’s known in the industry to also offer electrical and thermal cycling. It enables battery charging and discharging whilst in use, along with climatic capability, to carry out tests in ambient conditions ranging from minus 40 to 100 degree Centegrade
The new twin vibration facility can operate in three axes and has the capacity to vibrate up to one tonne of mass, making it ideal for testing the biggest EV batteries on the market to regulatory standards such as UN38.3 and ECEReg100.
The unique ‘shaker’ is the second part of a recent GBP 1.5 million investment by HORIBA MIRA into battery safety related testing, which includes its new Battery Abuse Test Facility (BAT) that opened in July. The BAT facility provides abuse and safety testing at cell, module and pack level, in all-weather conditions, supported by high speed cameras, thermal imaging and gas detection.