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Advanced Engine Technology Ltd.’s office and laboratory facilities are located on the west end of Ottawa approximately 14 km from city centre. AET has been located at its 17 Fitzgerald Road address since 1991. The total AET laboratory and manufacturing space is over 10,000 square feet and is utilized by 25 staff members. Another 4,000 square feet is utilized as office space. The pleasant office space, with abundant windows and skylights permit advantage to be taken of the building’s southern exposure. The office space has two multi-person meeting areas.

The manufacturing space is divided into electronics and mechanical manufacturing/assembly/prototyping areas. The mechanical manufacturing area contains both manually operated lathes and milling machines in addition to computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. A metal fabrication area houses our welding and sheet metal tooling. The electrical and electronics manufacturing area contains space for prototyping and component assembly. For several years, the manufacturing facility has been heavily involved with fabrication/assembly of the Ignition Quality Tester (IQT™) used for cetane number determinations. The manufacturing facility also produces a number of other AET systems integrated products, devices or prototypes.

The laboratory space has two large test cells capable of testing diesel engines up to 1,000 hp. One of these test cells has been designated for several years as a heavy duty US/Canadian military issue diesel engine based test rig, to provide correlation data for comparison with bench type lubricity test rigs. This engine based test rig is capable of testing up to five different fuel additive combinations simultaneously over very severe 50 hour duration test periods. Another test area has been designated to an automated common rail fuel injection test rig capable of testing over 500 to 5,000 hour duration periods. The engine test facility is supported by an above ground tank farm. The tank farm consists of three 4,600 L fuel reservoirs and two 2,300 L reservoirs. All fuel reservoirs are inter connected and each has its own supply pump to move fuel to the test cell. This configuration permits fuel blending and continual fuel recycling when required.

The engine test cells have been used for both liquid and gaseous fuel. A broad range of liquid and gaseous fuels from conventional and alternative sources have been tested in a variety of R&D programs. Wide hallways and high and wide overhead doors permit large engines to be moved easily into and out of the test cells. The engine test cells can be operated at temperatures from -25 to 60 °C.

The test facility also includes two environmental chambers capable of testing from -50 to +90 °C. The laboratory has both combustion and fuel analysis sections.

AET has had two ball on three disk (BOTD) fuel lubricity instruments for approximately nine years. Both instruments are installed in a temperature/humidity controlled room. However, a room with humidity control is no longer a requirement for the BOTD. In this same temperature controlled room the wear scar diameter measurements in micro inches (or microns) are made. An adjacent fuels laboratory is used for the blending of fuels and the determination of other fuel properties. A large indoors bay is used for storage of bulk diesel fuel (in cans and drums). An exterior well ventilated storage area is use to house any fuels with a flash point lower than 50 °C.

An electrical power conditioning system permits electrical power to be utilized over 110 to 550 V AC range at 60 hz. A stand alone electrical power system is also available at 240 V AC at 50 hz for testing of offshore electrical products. A natural gas fuelled, electrical power generation system provides backup electrical power from an engine driven generator set. This backup electrical power system permits critical experiments to be completed during any power outage. This capability is essential for specific types of durability test cycles where stoppage of the experiment is not an option.