The K&C Inspect system, powered by AICON, uses twin photometric cameras to offer this measurement capability seamlessly during the K&C testing process, making it the most advanced Anthony Best Dynamics K&C test facility in the world.
Alongside its main purpose – which includes measuring a complete spectrum of parameters essential to understanding a vehicle’s ride and handling performance – K&C testing offers a unique opportunity to measure component displacements and deformations when loads are applied to suspension and steering systems. The reactions to such loads are complex and three dimensional, making it increasingly difficult to use traditional instrumentation. As the industry develops, it has become ever more desirable for vehicle manufacturers and Formula One race teams to characterise these reactions to enhance the correlation of simulation models – something the K&C Inspect system can help with by measuring down to the width of a human hair.
The K&C Inspect system works by using small reflective targets that can be located in three dimensions with pinpoint accuracy and tracked at high frequency throughout a K&C test. Applied to any surface on the vehicle in view of the cameras, the targets are used to measure component, chassis and subframe displacements and deformations. By using two AICON Move Inspect cameras, up to 50 points can be measured simultaneously and the output recorded directly alongside K&C data.