Chargecooler Performance Testing

Young Calibration's Chargecooler Calorimetric Test Facility offers thermal performance characterisation for automotive, marine and industrial heat exchangers worldwide. Although the facility is predominantly aimed at the passenger car market, the wind tunnel and plant can cover charge and intercoolers from small industrial engines to medium-size truck installations, standby compressors and Formula 1 coolers.

The facility is one of a few truly independent laboratories offering calorimetric services for OEMs, R&D establishments, motorsport and passenger car manufacturers.

The charge cooler facility for air to air and air to water coolers can be adapted to suit varying sizes and design complexity for a host of industries. A continuing upgrade programme ensures the facility remains one of Europe's leading calorimetric testing establishments. Extensive capabilities exist within the laboratory to cover brick and full-face intercoolers and charge coolers.

Test reports present all the data in tabular and graphical formats, covering air-side pressure drop, charge side pressure drop, heat rejection performance, heat dissipation and thermal efficiency.

Calorimetric testing is an important process in the successful development of high efficiency chargecoolers and enables manufacturers to optimise the trade off between airside pressure drop and charge pressure drop.

Young Calibration offer thermal imaging and transient heat soak testing, providing valuable information virtually impossible to achieve using standard testing methods. This information can be vital when looking to extract the best possible performance from an engine.


(Charge Air Side Specification)

  • Flow 0.02 - 0.46kg/s
  • Pressure 1.5 - 3.1 barA
  • Temperature 100 - 220C


(Cooling Air Side Specification)

  • Size 900 x 800 mm
  • Flow 30 - 4000 l/s
  • Face Velocity 1 - 15 m/s
  • Pressure 10 - 1800 Pa
  • Temperature 20 - 35 1C

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