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Potential evaluation sites have already been identified and documented in a previous TARDEC study. This study consisted of identifying and evaluating test procedures and test sites utilized by automobile manufacturers, Nevada Automotive Test Center, Aberdeen Test Center, and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Potential mountain road test venues documented by R&R Publishing were examined for severity by estimating the brake temperatures resulting from the length and grade of the road, and the speed limit using a fundamental analysis documented by UMTRI. The severity of these roads was compared to the estimated temperature from executing the MRAP CPD requirement. The report, “Mountain Braking Test Venue Study,” recommends several mountain road candidates for evaluation as test sites based upon estimated brake temperature and safety considerations. These venues will be considered for this SBIR project as they present the severe mountain descent environment that the PEO is interested in evaluating performance of its vehicles. PHASE I: Preliminary Brake Fade Warning Device and Mountain Descent Test Venue Selection Deliverables: 1. Preliminary brake fade advance warning system that, with some safety margin, determines that the vehicle must be stopped immediately due to only having sufficient capacity to stop once. ARMY - 116
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2. Definition of preliminary road test procedure, including sensors and data acquisition, to evaluate severe mountain descent environment brake temperatures on four mountain descent test venues identified by a Government Integrated Product Team (IPT) prior to contract award. 3. Evaluation of preliminary test procedure with two vehicles identified by the Government IPT on the four test venues referenced in deliverable 2 to determine severity as measured by brake temperatures, repeatability of results, and robustness to test operator variation. 4. Down selection to two road test venue locations for evaluation and demonstration of preliminary brake fade warning device and road test procedure that meet the mountain descent braking severity required by Government Integrated Product Team (IPT). Detail: Prior to selection of the contractor, the Government will assemble and convene a meeting of an IPT to make decisions and recommendations to define the direction of the project. The scope of the project defined in this proposal is sufficient for perspective contractors to determine Phase I and II costs. Prior to selection of a contractor, the IPT will select four mountain highway venues and two vehicles for use in the development of a preliminary brake fade warning device and Mountain Descent Braking road test. The contractor will have the option to include other vehicles to help develop the advance brake fade warning system for other vehicle applications. This could help ensure applicability of the advance brake warning system to vehicle or brake system types otherwise not represented for which the contractor wants to market the product.
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