Flat plank tyre tester
The AES Laboratory obtained the Flat Plank Tyre Tester from TU Delft in 2003. It is used extensively for modelling and analysis of vehicle tyres in the context of Vehicle Dynamics research. The original setup consists of a 7 m long plank that can translate about 7 m along its longitudinal axis with a minimum speed of 0.02 m/s and a maximum speed of 0.0475 m/s. Furthermore, a tyre can be mounted on a carrier which can apply a vertical load on the tyre by translating vertically from and to the plank and rotate around the axis perpendicular to the plank to apply a steering angle. The wheel carrier is beneath the plank, so it is the inverse of the real life situation.