For 20 years, ERI instructors have been helping automotive engineers measure, analyze and understand their over-the-road and off-road environments in terms of potential damage to on-board electronic and other equipment. And to use that understanding to develop more rugged products. And to implement appropriate environmental tests so that failures will occur in the lab, not while being driven by customers.
Climatic environmental tests? Mostly climatic chambers stressing automotive hardware with hot and cold emperature extremes, humidity, sunlight, sand-and-dust, sometimes salt spray, altitude.
Dynamic environmental tests? Our greatest emphasis has been on the mechanical shocks of automobile crashes, also the near-sinusoidal inputs of rail transport and the random vibration of terrain inputs to road and off-road vehicles.
Don’t engineers study these subjects in college? Most such university instruction deals with mathematics and theory. Little if any instruction deals with the practical matters that many engineers need, and for which ERI is justly famous.
Here are outlines whose variations have been given on site to numerous automobile and automotive parts manufactures:
- CLI 501 – Climatic Environmental Testing
- CLI 510 – Temperature, Altitude, Humidity Testing
- DATA 512 – Fundamentals of Automotive Dynamic Instrumentation
- V&S 511 – Land Vehicle Vibration and Shock, Buzz, Squeak & Rattle and Noise, Vibration & Harshness Testing