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United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center

HTUF is operated by CALSTART in partnership with and under contract to the US Army TARDEC National Automotive Center. 

TARDEC provides wide-ranging services to military and commercial industry partners, from cutting-edge engineering and analytical services to state-of-the-art vehicle performance equipment. Read the TARDEC 2013 Capabilities Handbook to learn more. For a list of TARDEC services and resources, check out Resources for Industry.  Learn more about doing business with TARDEC. 

TARDEC has installed a new vehicle suspension parameter testing machine that enables them to study the dynamics of military wheeled vehicles. The machine is named the Suspension Parameter Identification and Evaluation Rig (SPldER). The SPldER is a companion to the VIPER (Vehicle Inertia Parameter Evaluation Rig), also installed at TARDEC in Warren. TARDEC depends upon such facilities to assist engineers in their ongoing efforts to model and predict vehicle dynamic behavior so as to build vehicles that are less prone to roll over, have better handling stability, and perform better in rough terrain. SPldER measures quasi-static steering and suspension properties and tire vertical static stiffness and is not intended to be used for durability or strength testing. The attached article provides detailed information about SPidER (SAE Int. 2016-02-05 Reprinted with Permission from SAE International)

If any commercial stakeholders are interested in utilizing the SPidER system for their own testing needs TARDEC can enter into a Test Service Agreement or other arrangements such as a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).  For more information engage TARDEC through the External Business Office (EBO). Submit your technology ideas, questions or testing plans through the Ground Vehicle Gateway link on the TARDEC Web Site at www.army.mill/TARDEC