Reduction of energy consumption for tire test room

The project focuses on the research behind Continental Malaysia’s Tire Test Room using SolidWorks models and ANSYS simulations to develop a model to understand about maintaining temperature stability and how to reach the required temperature in the most efficient manner during tire testing.

Tires are an essential component of an automotive vehicle providing traction and movement. Tire testing is conducted to maintain the safety standards set by the respective country’s standards. Tire testing include parameters such as endurance, rolling resistance, uniformity, characteristics, and wear. While the tests are being conducted, the ambient temperature is to be kept constant. At Continental Tires Malaysia, the purpose of this research is to maintain temperature stability during testing and to reach the temperature range in the most efficient manner in the 4-station tire test room as well as the 6-station tire test room. The calculation for the tire contact area between the tire and the rolling drum in the test room can aid with this research. Initial 3D models will be created and CFD simulations will be carried out on the initial models to analyse the heat transfer in the room as well as the thermofluid dynamics of the heater and the air conditioner. Calculations of the power output of the heaters and air conditioners will be conducted. In addition, thermometer probes will be placed in specific locations to compare to the initial simulations. Once completed, new 3D models will be created to find the best location of the heaters and air conditioners to achieve the purpose of this research. The expected outcomes of this research would be to identify the most efficient measures to maintain temperature stability in the test room and to identify the most efficient measures to reach the required temperature range for testing.

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