Vehicle Emissions Testing

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Emissions testing is critical in ensuring light and heavy vehicles continue to comply with emissions standards when they are modified or as they age. Testing can give owners insight how efficient their vehicles are and identify reasons why they may be under performing.

Vipac’s emissions laboratory offers a breath of testing services to Australian and international standards, including:

  • Certifying SEVS vehicles under the personal or RAWS import options,
  • Verifying exhaust emissions for modified vehicles in accordance with VSB14 and VASS certification requirements, using IM240 Emissions Testing,
  • Calibration of engines and transmissions,
  • Testing of oil and fuel additives and engine treatments to verify claims of emissions and/or fuel consumption reduction.

Vipac’s emissions testing services comply with Australian and international standards, in particular ADR, ECE and EPA standards.

What makes Vipac unique?

  • Vipac’s vehicle testing laboratory is the only independent commercial facility currently offering IM240 emissions testing in Victoria.
  • Vipac can offer a full suite of testing capabilities, including emissions testing, component endurance testing, acoustics, vibration (NVHR) and dynamic vehicle testing covering road noise and brake performance.
  • 45+ years in emissions and performance testing, including involvement in writing ADRs.
  • Technology and facilities are internationally recognised and operate to ECE standards.

Watch Street Machine’s video, learn our IM240 tips or peruse our detailed Emissions flyer.

Vipac’s Emissions Test Lab conducts a series of vehicle emissions tests.

Testing Capabilities

IM240 Emissions Testing

The IM240 is prescribed by the light vehicle modification guidelines for Australia (VSB 14) as the test standard to use to verify emissions output of modified vehicles and when an engineering certification is required.

The IM240 test involves a 240-second drive cycle, covering 3.1km, at up to 91,2km/h speed.

Fuel Consumption Testing

A variety of standard certification tests can verify the validity of fuel and oil additive claims for increased fuel economy and reduced emissions. They can also support R&D projects.

Dynamic Vehicle Testing

Vipac can offer various services for vehicle dynamic testing, including:

  • Brake testing to ADR 35/05 standards
  • Brake testing , including ESC and BAS tests, to ADR 83/00
  • External noise tests
  • Vehicle stress tests
  • Vehicle instrumentation and analysis

You can also check out our Do’s & Don’ts for emissions testing through our slides from an SAE-A Seminar – Modifying a Light Vehicle or Motorcycle.

Testing Facilities

Heavy Duty 4WD Chassis Dynamometer;

  • Simulates road law under acceleration, deceleration and steady speed conditions.
  • Twin 48” roller design (FWD, RWD, AWD)
  • Full road load inertia simulation for heavy-duty vehicles up to 25,000kg equivalent inertia
  • Heavy-duty mode maximum speed of 120km/h
  • Light-duty mode maximum speed of 160km/h
  • Up to 600kW of maximum load absorption

Light Duty 2WD Chassis Dynamometer;

  • Set up to support climatic conditions (e.g. Euro IV Type IV cold start certification testing)
  • Twin 20” cradle type (Froude-Consine CD60 2WD)
  • Full road load inertia simulation for light-duty vehicles up to 2,700kg GVW
  • Maximum speed of 160km/h
  • Maximum load absorption of 60kW
  • Environmental temperature control between -10ºC and +40ºC.

The dynamometers are equipped with Signal Instruments, gas analysers and meet the sampling requirements for compliance with ADR and UNECE test standards for vehicle emissions measurement.

Environmental Chamber (temperature controlled)

The environmental chamber is temperature controlled and designed to:

  • Operate at a temperature range of -7oC to +40oC.
  • Perform the Type 6- Average Exhaust Emissions After a Cold State at Low Ambient Temperatures test, in accordance with ADR 79 and Regulation 83.
  • Condition a vehicle prior to testing in accordance with prescribed vehicle soak times in the test standards.

Evaporative Emissions Chamber (Shed)

The Evaporative Emissions Chamber is a sealed temperature controlled chamber used to perform the Type 4 – Determination of Evaporative Emissions from Positive Ignition Engines, test prescribed in ADR 79 and ECE Regulation 83.

Watch Street Machine’s video, learn our IM240 tips or peruse our detailed Emissions flyer.

Emissions Testing Lab 3

Vipac’s Emissions Test Lab in Action