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Ricardo Test Engineers - Machine Testing, Mechanical & Industrial Testing Services


With comprehensive facilities based in the UK, mainland Europe and North America, testing at Ricardo forms an integral part of the company’s world-class engineering services. Whether supporting a Ricardo project or working directly as part of a client team, Ricardo test engineers deliver advanced testing services tailored to individual customer demands, ranging from the development of small powered hand tools to automotive engines and vehicles, marine and locomotive engines, and components and systems for large power generation plants.

Ricardo testing services: 

  • Engine test facilities including steady state, semi anechoic and highly dynamic test beds with road load simulation and constant volume sampler systems
  • Test beds can be linked to the secure Ricardo web based toolset for remote real-time interaction with on-going tests
  • Engine durability beds configurable to client test processes - 24/7 availability typically provides 130 to 140 hours testing per week dependent on the robustness of the engine build level and service requirements
  • Base engine test beds adapted to address a project requirements – facilities include specialist capabilities such as tilt where engines may be subjected to both dynamic and static inclination in both loaded and unloaded conditions
  • Performance and emission test beds utilize the latest advanced tools and techniques including automated mapping and design of experiments
  • For driveline and transmission testing Ricardo provides 2WD and 4WD fully dynamic electrical rigs, a semi-anechoic test chamber, and gearshift durability, functionality and lubrication development rigs
  • Ricardo vehicle test facilities consist of 7 chassis dynamometers covering a range of services from emission and durability to NVH, addressing applications from motorcycles and scooters to small commercial vehicles
  • A comprehensive range of rig systems is available to support development on components and sub-assemblies
  • Ricardo’s chemistry laboratory provides gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, fourier transform infra-red, and thermal gravimetric analysis
  • Ricardo is an international leader in particle size and number measurement, and after-treatment and fuels and lubricants testing
  • Specialist engineers and facilities for both routine and specialist micro-instrumentation including pressure, temperature, strain, displacement and speed
  • Consultancy advice on new facilities and upgrades, test methodologies and equipment selection
  • Training and support to client test engineering teams

Key benefits of the Ricardo testing services: 

Whether customers require a simple one off component test or an advanced multi-bed project, Ricardo has the capability and capacity to provide a one-stop, turn-key service


  • By partnering with Ricardo customers have confidence that they are working with a world-class test engineering team
  • Complete confidentiality, objectivity and independence enables our test engineering specialists to help resolve any testing issue
  • Flexible approach tailored to customer needs and including technology transfer and training as required

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