OVERVIEW

Cold chamber
testing applications

Cold chambers allow for repeatable tests of both vehicles and separate components to be carried out in a controlled climatic environment. This, in order to evaluate the performance of different materials and systems when exposed to extreme cold temperature testing over a longer period of time.

Increased brittleness, frailty and stiffness of materials are a few of the effects that a cold chamber soak might induce. These effects can in turn affect many vehicle subsystems and the overall drivability characteristics in colder environments, making testing these factors essential before deployment on the market.

Temperature related effects on emissions from internal combustion engines, and the performance of electric vehicles in cold conditions are other important aspects that may be evaluated extensively with the help of cold chambers.

Advanced Cold Chamber Testing Application on Vehicles | Icemakers

Our selection of cold chambers

State-of-the-Art Cold Chamber for Vehicle Testing | Icemakers

Icemakers offer a range of different cold chambers at our facilities. We have more than 20 cold chamber testing units suitable for all sizes of vehicles and components.

All cold chamber test units can be seamlessly operated down to -30 degrees Celsius, some even as low as -40 degrees. The temperature can be monitored remotely from the comfort of your office on your computer or smartphone.

Most of our cold chambers are built on fixed concrete foundations with double doors for insulation and durable roofs to handle heavy snow. We also offer mobile cold chamber containers, should these be required.

Our offering also includes a cold chamber for heavy vehicles. This unit can fit a normal sized bus, truck, or multiple cars. With two large cooling compressors, vehicles can be cooled to -30 degrees Celsius.

Icemakers have cold chambers conveniently located in close proximity to our test tracks, meaning that temperature related effects on the vehicles’ dynamic performance can be evaluated directly. Also, they are never far away from your workshop or office, ensuring convenient and efficient operation.

The flexibility of our cold chamber offering in terms of unit sizes and technical specifications means that we can offer something to fit the specific requirements of any customer.

Our selection of cold chambers

Technical features of our cold chambers

Our testing facilities include a wide variety of different sized cold chamber vehicle testing units suitable for all types of vehicles, including light commercial vehicles such as pickup trucks and vans as well as heavy vehicles including buses and trucks.

Standard cold chamber:

Inner dimensions:

  • Length: 6m
  • Width: 3m

Door dimensions:

  • Width: 2.6m
  • Height: 2.4m

Technical features:

  • Operates down to -30 degrees C
  • 230V electrical outlets
  • Some units are equipped with 3-phase outlets for EV-charging

Movable cold chambers:

Technical features:

  • Length: 5.5m / 6m
  • Width: 3m

Door dimensions:

  • Width: 2.6m / 2.2m
  • Height: 2.4 / 2.2m

Technical features:

  • Operates down to -30 / -40 degrees C
  • 230V electrical outlets
  • Some units are equipped with 3-phase outlets for EV-charging
  • Some units are equipped with side doors

Cold chamber for light commercial vehicles:

Inner dimensions:

  • Length: 7.3m
  • Width: 6m

Door dimensions:

  • Width: 3m
  • Height: 3.45m

Technical features:

  • Operates down to -40 degrees C
  • Fits two LCVs, such as vans or pick-ups

Cold chamber for heavy vehicles:

Inner dimensions:

  • Length: 19.5m
  • Width: 6m

Door dimensions:

  • Width: 4m
  • Height: 4.4m

Technical features:

  • Operates down to -30 degrees C
  • 230V electrical outlets
  • Equipped with 3-phase outlets for EV-charging
  • Equipped with a side door

Why choose Icemakers for your cold chamber needs?

Icemakers have cold chambers conveniently located in close proximity to our test tracks, meaning that temperature related effects on the vehicle’s dynamic performance can be evaluated directly. Also, they are never far away from your workshop or office, ensuring convenient and efficient cold chamber vehicle testing.

The flexibility of our cold chamber offering in terms of unit sizes and technical specifications means that we can offer something to fit the specific requirements of any customer.

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    FAQ – Vehicle Cold Chambers

    The cold chamber test units offered by Icemakers can be seamlessly operated down to -30°C, with some units capable of reaching temperatures as low as -40°C.

    A cold chamber soak can induce increased brittleness, frailty, and stiffness in materials. These effects can have implications for various vehicle subsystems and overall drivability characteristics in cold environments. Testing these factors before market deployment is essential to ensure optimal performance.

    Yes, Icemakers provides a cold chamber unit specifically designed for heavy vehicles. This unit can accommodate a normal-sized bus, truck, or multiple cars. It is equipped with two large compressors in order to cool vehicles down to -30°C.

    Cold chambers can be used to assess the performance of electric vehicles in cold conditions. This includes evaluating the efficiency of battery systems, range capabilities, charging performance, and overall vehicle dynamics in extreme cold temperatures.

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