California-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a manufacturer of natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies, says it has developed a technologically advanced in-house test and validation facility that is unique for testing its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel storage modules intended for over-the-road heavy-duty trucks. The test equipment and facility simulates the combined effects of extreme road use to assure the integrity and strength of fuel storage module systems for heavy duty vehicle applications.
“Refining our advanced in-house test and validation capabilities to complement our systems integration and commercialization expertise enables us to implement changes early in the product development cycle to simulate real driving conditions such that our prototype, pre-production, and production modules satisfy specific customer requirements,” said Mr. Brian Olson, President and CEO of Quantum. “The road data that we acquire from test vehicles, and use as part of the input for our validation testing, provides us the confidence that safety and reliability come first in our product offerings,” concluded Mr. Olson.
The core methodology behind Quantum’s product development and validation testing is based on over twenty years of vehicle level experience providing production products to the OEMs. This fundamental process for OEM-level product development necessitates putting a high importance on fundamental performance, safety, and durability testing such as crash testing, static loads, vibration, EMI, thermal, corrosion, and salt spray tests. All Quantum’s products undergo the appropriate level of testing commensurate with the product application to ensure that systems are designed and produced in accordance with their intended vehicle use.
(Source: Quantum Fuel Systems)