SAKOR Technologies has won a highly competitive Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant awarded by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), and will use the grant for research necessary to develop a thermal transient anemometer (TTA), a device used to measure airflow moving through a running vehicle. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Michigan State University's Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory.
The TTA enhances the ability to assess heat rejection. SAKOR is working closely with MSU to commercialize the technology, and according to the company several major OEMs have already expressed interest.
The SCIP grant provided one-to-one matching funds to support the collaborative research and development work. SAKOR is working with Dr. J.F. Foss of Michigan State University's Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "The alliance between SAKOR and the MSU Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory leverages the university's thermal flow knowledge with SAKOR's experience in development and commercialization of innovative automotive testing equipment," said Randal Beattie, president of SAKOR.
The TTA being developed has a slim profile, with a cell grid that fits easily behind a vehicle's radiator, covering the entire air path so it can properly measure integrated air flow across the entire system, as well as flow through each segment. This can be used to selectively look at flows in different areas that correspond to vehicle components. After testing a vehicle with the TTA, designers can then use 3D modeling data to determine what might be causing any air flow blockages found.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.