Hyundai Wia Corp., South Korea’s second-largest automotive parts supplier, has recently completed the construction of a thermal management test center at its research center in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province. With a floor area of 6,069 square meters, the facility will be dedicated to the development of integrated thermal management systems (ITMS).
The center will be responsible for conducting various types of unit performance development and durability tests on thermal management system modules, systems, and vehicles. It will focus on testing for intermittent variable speed and thermal shock. The research conducted at the center will allow Hyundai Wia to explore thermal management systems for future mobility.
As the automotive industry moves towards electric vehicles (EVs), which lack the traditional heat source of an engine, the development of a separate heat management system becomes essential. Hyundai Wia recognizes this need, and with the completion of the thermal management test center, the company aims to focus on ITMS development.
In addition to the test center, Hyundai Wia is also constructing a vehicle environment anechoic chamber within the facility. This chamber will allow the company to test the performance of systems and components in a controlled environment with temperatures ranging from minus 30 to plus 65 degrees Celsius.
Hyundai Wia plans to start mass output of ITMS from 2025 by upgrading its existing coolant hub modules, which have been in production since May. The completion of the thermal management test center marks a significant step towards achieving this goal.
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– Integrated Thermal Management Systems (ITMS): Systems that manage the thermal aspects of a vehicle, particularly in electric vehicles where a separate heat source is required.
– Anechoic Chamber: A specially designed room with sound-absorbing materials that eliminates echoes and external noises, allowing for accurate testing and measurement of systems and components.
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