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In spring 2020, ISU ABE will attain a rare piece of equipment. An off-highway vehicle chassis dynomometer will allow researchers and industry partners to test the all-terrain abilities of anything from a four-wheeler to a combine.
A chassis dyno uses a roller set-up to simulate road conditions without subjecting equipment to the elements of an outdoors test.
One researcher is especially looking forward to the new arrival. Brian Steward, ISU ABE professor, is investigating ways to sustainably improve performance of agricultural vehicles. He is teaming up with fellow ISU ABE Professor Stuart Birrell to co-lead this effort.
"The chassis dyno is currently being built in the United Kingdom," Steward says. "It should be shipped in early 2020 and installed later in the spring. It is important to have this tool. As the industry develops more high-performing off-highway equipment in terms of functionality, energy-efficiency and productivity, our department will be the first stop to testing cutting-edge technologies."