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Dynamometer class gives automotive students
the chance to fine tune skills

 

June 16, 2014 — What: Chassis Dynamometer Testing and Tuning (AUT 250)

Inside the classroom: The “dyno” class teaches the dynamic application of engine management by using a chassis dynamometer, which measures a car’s performance during maintenance. To use the chassis dynamometer, the test vehicle is strapped to the floor with heavy-duty lines and placed on rollers, allowing the car to be “driven” by a computer that is operated by the instructor. The computer allows auto workers to measure performance gains and losses during component and software alterations on vehicles. These measurements allow cars to be optimized for power or efficiency.


The test car is strapped to the floor with heavy-duty bands.
The test car is strapped to the floor with heavy-duty bands.
A computer and high definition monitor are used to see the results of engine tunings.
A computer and high definition monitor are used to see the results of engine tunings.

Student voice: “I’d definitely recommend this class to other gear heads like me. We learn how to do ‘dyno’ testing and we can bring in our own vehicles for tuning. It’s about making choices here - you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You have to tune to gain horsepower or fuel efficiency.” -- Cody Shuler, a poultry farmer who uses what he learns to fix and maintain the motorized equipment on his 250-acre farm.

Instructor Dave Howell with students Ricardo Melgoza, Alex Morales, Cody Shuler and Mike Shull.
Instructor Dave Howell with students Ricardo Melgoza, Alex Morales, Cody Shuler and Mike Shull.
The wheels sit atop motorized bases that allow the car to “driven” by the instructor.
The wheels sit atop motorized bases that allow the car to “driven” by the instructor.

Why this class sizzles: “This is my favorite class to teach because I’m surrounded by students who are passionate about tuning cars for power and performance.” -- David Howell, automotive instructor at the Regional Automotive Center. “Making cars go fast in a safe environment is fun. These students would stay here all night doing runs if I’d let them.”