International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) has inaugurated new state-of-the-art facilities installed as a part of the National automotive testing and R & D infrastructure project (NATRiP) on May 29, 2018.
Anant G Geete, Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (MoHI & PE), inaugurated the facilities in the presence of Vishwajit Sahay, Joint Secretary, Heavy industry department, Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD&CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, Neeti Sarkar, CEO & PD NATRiP, Dinesh Tyagi, Director, International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) , along with various dignitaries from the Indian automotive industry was present for the inauguration.
National automotive testing and R & D infrastructure project (NATRiP) was approved by the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) in July 2005. The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) was set up in 2006 and is the first of the new world class centres established under NATRiP.
The union government has recognised ICAT as one of the accredited ‘Type Approval and Homologation’ agencies in India under Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) 126 and has also been recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) from Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), since Feb 2010, by BIS for Tyre Testing, Safety Glasses and by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for Emission and Noise testing of Generator Sets.
With an investment of over Rs 1100 crore and the facilities spread over 8 acres at ICAT Centre-I and around 46.6 acres at ICAT Centre-II, the centre is rendering valuable services to the automotive industry in the country in a major way.
ICAT has emerged as a comprehensive technical partner of the automotive industry and currently undertakes the following major activities:
- Homologation and Certification as per Indian regulations.
- Testing as per various Indian and global regulations.
- Developmental Projects
- Automotive R&D Projects
The new facilities being inaugurated at ICAT include:
- Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH) Lab:
ICAT has been identified as Centre of Excellence in the field of Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) under NATRIP architecture. Through NATRiP, the central government has invested around Rs 153 crore to create this facility to support Indian and Global automotive industry for Product development and R&D activities in the field of NVH.
The NVH lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as Semi Anechoic Rooms with dynamometer capabilities for Passenger Cars and Heavy Commercial Vehicles, modal analysis room, coupled acoustic rooms & listening room. The Passenger Car Semi Anechoic Chamber has capability to simulate external Pass By Noise test for development of vehicles to meet present and future regulatory requirements.
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab:
Electromagnetic Compatibility is the ability of a vehicle or electrical/electronic component to function satisfactorily in its electromagnetic environment . Through NATRiP, the government has invested around Rs 70 crore to create this facility to support the Indian and Global automotive industry for Certification and R&D in the field of EMC.
The EMC lab is NABL (ISO 17025) accredited. It is especially designed to carry out testing and development activities related to automotive EMC applications. It has a Vehicle Semi – Anechoic Chamber (VSAC) (30m x 20mx 10m chamber with a 11 m diameter turntable with 4X4 chassis dynamometer) for accommodating all types of vehicles ranging from two – wheelers to heavy commercial vehicles for electromagnetic emissions and immunity . It also has a Component Semi – Anechoic Chamber (CSAC) (8.5m x 7m x 6m) for testing of electromagnetic emissions and immunity for electrical/ electronic components of a vehicle. It has a General Instrumentation room for component level tests like Conducted Immunity, Conducted Transient Emissions and Electrostatic Discharge.
- Passive Safety Lab (PSL):
- ICAT’s Passive Safety Lab (PSL), NABL (ISO 17025) accredited, is capable of performing Crash Tests, Pedestrian Protection Tests & Sled Tests as per various Indian, International and NCAP regulations (including Bharat NCAP). The government has invested Rs 68 Crore to create this facility to support Indian and Global automotive industry for Certification and R&D in the field of Passive Safety.
This lab is equipped with international standard test facilities that include full-fledged crash test facilities to conduct Full Frontal, Frontal OBD, Side Impact, Rear Impact etc crash tests as per Indian and International regulations. It has all types of instrumented crash dummies with dummy calibration facility, high speed cameras, specialized lightings, onboard data acquisition system, soak room, pedestrian protection test facility, deceleration sled test facility, airbag test facility etc.
Tyre Test Lab (TTL):
ICAT’s Tyre Test Lab (TTL) is NABL (ISO 17025) accredited and approved by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
TTL is providing services related to Type Approval & Conformity of Production of Tyres as per AIS:037 (CMVR). ICAT has transformed this lab into Centre of Excellence (CoE) by developing new capabilities including the installation of Dual Station Endurance Test Rig and Tyre Rolling Resistance Test Rig as per ECE R117 & AIS:142.