Engine Testing

4th Edition

The Design, Building, Modification and Use of Powertrain Test Facilities

Authors: A. J. Martyr M A PLINT
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080969497
eBook ISBN: 9780080969503
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 5th March 2012
Page Count: 600
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Engine Testing is a unique, well-organized and comprehensive collection of the different aspects of engine and vehicle testing equipment and infrastructure for anyone involved in facility design and management, physical testing and the maintenance, upgrading and trouble shooting of testing equipment. Designed so that its chapters can all stand alone to be read in sequence or out of order as needed, Engine Testing is also an ideal resource for automotive engineers required to perform testing functions whose jobs do not involve engine testing on a regular basis. This recognized standard reference for the subject is now enhanced with new chapters on hybrid testing, OBD (on-board diagnostics) and sensor signals from modern engines.

Key Features

  • One of few books dedicated to engine testing and a true, recognized market-leader on the subject
  • Covers all key aspects of this large topic, including test-cell design and setup, data management, and dynamometer selection and use, with new chapters on hybrid testing, OBD (on-board diagnostics) and sensor signals from modern engines
  • Brings together otherwise scattered information on the theory and practice of engine testing into one up-to-date reference for automotive engineers who must refer to such knowledge on a daily basis


Automotive engineers assigned to install and manage test equipment although it is not their main job; Test facility managers, engine and component designers, test engineers, lab technicians, and emission technicians; Graduate students and researchers involved in engine testing.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition

About the Authors


Chapter 1. Test Facility Specification, System Integration, and Project Organization

Introduction: The Role of the Test Facility

Part 1. The Specification of Test Powertrain Facilities

Part 2. Multidisciplinary Project Organization and Roles


Chapter 2. Quality and H&S Legislation and Management, Type Approval, Test Correlation, and Reporting of Results

Test Facility Efficiency and Quality Certification

Management Roles

Work Scheduling

Health & Safety (H&S) Legislation, Management, and Risk Assessment

Common Hazards in All Powertrain Facilities

Risk Analysis

Management and Supervision of University Test Facilities

Use and Maintenance of Test Cell Log Books

Test Execution, Analysis, and Reporting

Determination of Cause and Effect

Key Life Testing

Vehicle and Vehicle Systems Type Approval, Homologation, and Confirmation of Production

Cell-to-Cell Correlation

End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive

Power Test Codes and Correction Factors

Statistical Design of Experiments

Useful Websites and Regulations

Further Reading

Chapter 3. The Test Cell as a Thermodynamic System


The Energy Balance of the Engine

Diversity Factor and the Final Specification of a Facility Energy Balance

Common or Individual Services in Multi-Cell Laboratories?


Further Reading

Chapter 4. Powertrain Test Facility Design and Construction

Part 1. Cell Types, Sizes, and Layout

Part 2. Cell Contents and Fittings

Part 3. Test Cell Roles and their Special Features

Part 4. Fire Safety and Fire Suppression in Test Facilities: European Atex Codes Applied to Engine Test Cells

Useful Websites

Chapter 5. Electrical Design Requirements of


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About the Author

A. J. Martyr

A.J. Martyr has held senior technical positions with several of the major test plant manufacturers and consultancy firms over the last 40 years. He is now Honorary Visiting Professor of Powertrain Engineering at Bradford University. M.A.Plint died in November 1998, four days after the publication of the second edition and after a long and distinguished career in engineering and authoriship.

Affiliations and Expertise

Test industry expert with 40+ years' experience, most recently with AVL, UK


Affiliations and Expertise

Former Lead Test Engineer, AVL Engine Instrumentation and Test Systems, UK