A Dynamometer gives the operator the ability to vary the load applied to the unit under test to mimic specific requirements. SuperFlow offers several types of dynamometer testing options.
In manual testing, the operator controls the test. The operator manually adjusts the speed, load, or throttle to obtain and maintain the desired operating point and then records the data.
If system intelligence takes over the adjustment of the test system, the system is capable of automated control (commonly called closed-loop control or servo-control). Once a set point or ramp is defined, the test system will automatically maintain it, continuously adjusting for variations. Controlled testing significantly enhances the accuracy and repeatability of tests.
Test automation generally consists of a programmed test sequence which combines automated set point control and automated data acquisition. Advanced automation adds control over the test environment and may include features and safeguards that eliminate the need for human assistance or supervision.