Development of a Climate and Altitude Simulation Test Bench for Handheld Power Tools
For evaluating the overall suitability of using innovative biofuels in handheld power tools such as chainsaws, trimmers and blowers, under any typical operating condition worldwide, a climate and altitude conditioning test bench was developed at the Institute of Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM) of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The 6 m³ hermetically sealed and thermally insulated test chamber is large enough to fit the entire power tool. A two-stage refrigeration system with intake air drying and resistance heating allows for realistic temperature conditions to be set in the test chamber, ranging from arctic cold to tropical heat (-20 to 45 °C). Altitudes up to 3,000 m above sea level can be simulated using a throttle valve at the inlet of the chamber and a pressure-controlled rotary piston blower positioned downstream the test chamber outlet.