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  Brake system components, such as brake liners, brake hoses, brake fluids, and friction material
  Door latches and hinges
  Horns and audible warning devices
  Fuel tanks both metallic and plastic
  Wheel nuts
  Wheel Rim Testing for Cornering and Radial Fatigue
  Windscreen wiping area  
Light and light signaling devices : headlamps, fog lamps,  Warning triangles,  Reflex reflectors , Retro reflective license plate, Retro reflective tape, bulbs for various automotive applications etc.
  Driver's forward vision  
  Rear view mirrors  
  Speed-limiters both mechanical and GPS  

Wheel rim test facilities
  IS: 9436 for passenger cars   IS:9438 for buses and heavy commercial

Cornering Fatigue Test Rig
  Bending moment: 3000 kg-m ± 5%   Wheel rim diameter Range: 10” to 24”
  Wheel Centre Offset: 375 mm max    

Radial Fatigue Test Rig
  Radial load range: 100 kg to 7500 kg ± 5%   Wheel Centre Offset: 375 mm max
  Wheel rim diameter Range: 10” to 24”    

Testing of Rear view mirrors (ORVM and IRVM) as per ECE R 46 and AIS: 001 & 002

Automotive vehicles locking system and door retention components (Hinges and latches) as per IS:14225-1995 and  ECE R 11
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Fire resistance test facility as per IS – 15547
  Test facility specifications as per IS: 15547.
  The system is able to run on a rail up to a distance of 8 meter
There are two pans, one pan for burning fuel and another pan with a screen, which is placed above the fuel pan.
  Ignition of the fuel in the fuel pan is from an external source.
Test is completed in three phases, first phase is preheating of tank, second phase is direct exposure to fire and third phase is indirect exposure to fire. Each phase lasts for a minute.
Facility is well equipped with safety measures such as fire suit, see through control room, fire extinguisher etc
IS 11939:1996 / ECE R 12 / FMVSS 201 & 203 for steering control
IS 15223 :2002 / ECE R 21/ FMVSS 201 for interior fittings

Steering Control Assembly Test:

Interior Fitting Test
  Head Form Impact Test   Radius  and Projection Measurements
AIS-075 / AIS-074/ ECE-R-18/ ECE-R-62/ECE-R-116

  Steering lock   Vehicle alarming system
Bumper Test
AIS-006 / ECE-R-42

  Low Speed Impact by Moving Barrier Method   Vibration Method
Testing facilities for CNG and LPG components
Sr. No. Component {Applicable standard as per GSR 284 (E) / GSR 853 (E)}
1 Cylinder
» Fitment of cylinder on the   vehicle
IS: 14899-2000
» As per AIS 026 for LPG / AIS 028 for CNG
2 Cylinder valve / Multifunction valve IS: 15100 / IS 3224
3 Pressure Regulator ECE R 67 Rev. 02 for LPG ISO 15500 for  CNG
4 Gas air mixer
5 Gas solenoid valve
6 Petrol solenoid valve AIS 025/026 , Annexure IV for LPG AIS024/ 028 , Annexure IV for CNG
7 Filling connection
8 Ventilation
9 Conduit AIS 025/026 , Annexure IV for LPG AIS024/ 028 , Annexure IV for CNG
10 Fuel line
» High Rigid fuel line
» Low pressure flexible fuel line. 
» Joints and connections
11 Compartment / Sub-compartment
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Environmental Test Facilities
A number of integrative tests have been successfully carried out to develop components, Such as dashboards, door trims, bumpers, lighting devices, LED displays etc.

Environmental testing is simulation of different environmental conditions like temperature, humidity, rain, solar radiation exposure and their combinations and exposure of test component to these conditions. The combination may be tested in cyclic and in combination of different parameters.

Corrosion Test Facility
Basic Corrosion test chamber Cyclic corrosion test chamber
Name of the chambers Basic Corrosion chamber Cyclic corrosion chamber

Applicable Standards

ASTM B-117, ASTM G-85, DIN 50021, IS 9000 Part XI
Any customer driven specification

 ASTM G85 (without SO2);
SAE J2334 ; ISO 14993, etc.


Any customer driven specification

Chamber size

2m X 1m X 1 m

1 m3

Chamber Temp. in C

35C 3C

25C to 70C


96% R.H 3% R.H.

20 % R.H to 100% R.H

Spray cycle


Can be possible

Sample size

As per the chamber size

As per the chamber size

Sample weight

60 Kg

60 Kg

Walk in Hot and Cold Room

Test Chamber Size : 6 m x 3 m x 3 m

Temperature Range : -20C to 70C

Cyclic: +25 to +40C with 95% RH

Application: Extensively used for Engine test, vehicle cold startability trials, AC / heater performance test, component durability under different temperature conditions, M1 category bonnet, dicky, door slam test under different temperature conditions

Weather resistance Test
Name of the equipment Weather-o-meter Ci 4000 (Xenon Lamp) water cooled
  • Radiation emitted by Xenon source are closest to solar radiations.
  • Radiation emitted by Xenon source are closest to solar radiations.
  • - Solar radiations
  • - Humidity
  • - Temperature
  • - Rain
Particulars Possible

Test Name & Standard

J1885, J1960, J2412, J2413, J2527

105-B02, 105-B04, 105-B06, 11341, 3917, 4892-1, 4892-2, 12040

G151 G155, D4303 D4355

Irradiance in w/m2

(0.35 w/m2, 0.5 w/m2, 1.1 w/m2 etc.)

Chamber Temp. in C

 40 to 60 C

Black Panel Temperature C

  60 to 80 C


10% RH to 75% RH in light cycles*
Up to 100% in dark cycles

Radiation @ Filter

(340nm or 420nm or 300-400nm or 300-800nm)

Specimen Spray ( on / Off)

 ON / OFF possible

Spray cycle

Different cycle is possible

Cycle Type(Light/ Dark)

 Light/ Dark possible

Sample size

130mm x 70mm x 5mm max

Contact details for test enquiry
Mr. B V Shamsundara, GM SHL ARAI
E-mail - , Ph - 02030231326
Mr. M R Pathak DGM, BDCP, ARAI
E-mail, Ph no +91-20-30231137

No. of Climatic chambers in ARAI and its specifications
Sr. No. Chamber Size Temperature Range Humidity range Ramp rate
1 1m X 1m X 1m (2 nos.) -60°C to 180°C Up to 98% 4°C/min
2 -70°C to +180°C 1°C/min
3 1.5m X 1.2m X 1.2m -20°C to +70°C Up to 97% 1°C/min
4 0.5 m X 0.5 m X0.4 m -70°C to +180°C Up to 98% 3°C/min
5 Walk-in chamber Specification available separately.

Basic Cyclic Salt Spray Chamber
Tests feasible as per Standards: ASTM B-117, ASTM G-85, DIN 50021, IS 9000 Part XI.
Size - 2.1 X 1.2 X 1 m3

Ozone Chamber
Tests feasible as per Standards: ISO 1431/1, SAE J 30, SAE J

Vibration test (Sine, Sweep Sine, Random, Resonance Detection and Shock test)
1000 kgf. electro-dynamic shaker is used to carry out vibration durability up to 2000 Hz The equipment facilitates testing in all the three x, y, and z axes. It is capable to simulate sine, random, shock, sweep sine, type of waveforms.

Solar simulation under Wether-Ometer
As per Standard SAE J 1885 / ISO:105/ ISO:4892/ ASTM G 26
This facilities is a unique for Combined Climatic simulation of
  Solar radiations   Temperature
  Humidity   Rain

Application - Performance checking of paints, adhesives, fabrics, plastics, textiles etc. for accelerated weathering
  Radiation emitted by Xenon source are closest to solar radiations.
Spectro-Colorimeter  is used for Measurement of  Colour co-ordinates, CIEL *a*b**C*h,  CMC, XYZxy, Hunter lab,  Reflectance, Glossiness after exposure to climatic conditions for the evaluation purpose.

UV Chamber (Mercury Arc Ultra Violet) :
Tests feasible as per Standards: IS, ECE etc.
Evaluation of glass performance for resistance of UV radiation
Operating temperature: 45 5C

IP Test (Ingress Protection): (Dust & water Test)
  Tests feasible as per Standards: IS 13947 : Part I :1993 – Appendix C
  Tests can be performed: IP  54, 55, 56, 65, 66, 67 and 68
  Dust Chamber meets the requirement of IS 13947: Part I: 1993 – Appendix C,
  Dust Chamber Size 1500 mm (Height) X 600 mm (Width) X 500 mm (Depth) and weight less than 60 kg.
  We are having water Test facility as per IS 13947: Part I: 1993 – Appendix C

Dust Test :
  Chamber meets the requirements of  SS 15.1 (Cl. 6.0), IS: 1884 -1993 (Cl. 8.12), ECE R 3 (Annex. 8,Cl. 1.2.2), IS 10250 -1982 (Cl no.4.6)
  The internal chamber is cubical in shape measuring 900 mm in all direction not including hopper shaped bottom.
  Chamber  capable to maintain and indicating any temperature between ambient to 60°C ± 3°C throughout its working space.
  The chamber capable of agitating dust by projecting blasts of compressed air with help of ON/OFF selectable timer. Range of the timer should be 1- 60 selectable in second / minutes.

Water Chamber:
  Chamber meets the requirements of IS: 14210:1994 (Cl. 6.9), SS 15.1 (Cl. 7.0), IS: 1884 -1993 (Cl. 8.14), ECE R 3 (Annex. 8, Cl. 1.2.1), IS: 9000 (Part XVI): 1983.
  Chamber having working space of 1mX1mX1m.
  Chamber capable of spraying water at any temperature between Ambient to 60°C.
Revolving table having diameter between 450 mm to 500 mm at the center of the working space should be provided. Table should be capable of rotating around its vertical axis with a total weight of 50 kg. The RPM of the table should be variable between 2 to 10 RPM with an accuracy of ± 0.5 RPM.
  Spraying nozzle / nozzles (8 Nos.) capable of spraying water in solid cone with different pressure.

Spray suppression device test
Test as per EEC_Directive_91, 226 and AIS-013
Evaluation of performance of energy absorption type spray suppression device.
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About Photometry lab.
ARAI operates the longest serving independent NABL / ISO: 17025 accredited photometric laboratory in India.

Our lab is also certified for ISO: 9001, ISO: 14001, OHSAS: 18001, while at the same time continually reviewing, monitoring and updating measuring techniques and processes.

The NABL accreditation assures our staffs will demonstrate due competency and our laboratory methods and equipment yield accurate and dependable results. Our approach is to be the technical arm of the client during the time in which we are involved with a testing activities \ project.

ARAI maintains the policy that the laboratory will undertake any form of testing that may be requested within its sphere of competency including LED devices, railway application lighting, aeronautical lighting and general lighting etc.

The continuing development of the ARAI photometry laboratory facilities is constantly under review, in order to investigate ways of achieving shorter turnaround times, greater accuracy, and quality results for our Clients.

The laboratory can act in a consultancy role for R&D projects related to lighting and related areas.

ARAI employs a flexible method of working and take your planning and processes into account as much as possible.

ARAI is also providing calibration service all our clients including testing agencies.

ARAI is continuously participating WP29-GRE for updating ECE regulations and also Indian regulations through AISC.

ARAI is continuously participating inter lab. Round robin testing activities Nationally and internationally.
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Testing Services
Distribution Photometry (Gonio-photometry)
Goniophotometers for measurement of light distribution and luminous flux of signal lamps or headlamps for automotive, aircraft or marine lighting or lighting for other means of transport
Distribution photometry on all types of lamps and luminaries. All luminaries including street lights, indoor, outdoor, purpose built and general application. All lamp types including LEDs, discharge and incandescent.
  Reflectance and transmittance measuring units with integrating spheres.
Retro reflection measuring devices for measurement of reflex reflectors and other materials acc. to ECE, SAE, DIN, CIE, etc.

General Photometric Testing
Measurement and testing of all types of lamps including traffic lights, emergency lighting, signaling and directional lighting, special purpose and decorative products, for both mains and battery powered systems.

Testing of luminaries
Measurements of luminous flux in 1meter integrating spheres.
Measurement of bulb filament dimension and same  may be extended to  metrological measurements

Onsite and laboratory measurements
Our ARAI accredited laboratory provides testing and calibration services both within the laboratory and on–site, including audits of lighting installations, obtrusive light, advertising signage, airport lighting, tunnel and sports lighting.

Special one-off projects
The laboratory specializes in one–off testing, research, design or development projects, both within the field or on–site, including life–time or long–term performance testing, comparison testing, meeting standards codes and specifications.

Reflectance and Transmission Testing
Reflectance and transmission measurements, both broadband and spectral (250 – 840 nm) for specular (mirror like) surfaces or diffuse using our integrating spheres. Includes windscreens, windows and general glass or plastics, shade cloth, tiles and other building products

Colorimetry Testing
Tristimulus colormeters for color measurement on light sources, e.g. lamps, luminaries, light signals, flares, monitors, displays, glasses and filters. Colorimeters of highest precision for absolute measurements with the tristimulus method acc. to DIN 5033 part 6 resp. CIE Publ. No. 15.2 (1966). Colorimeter heads with Si-photoelements and high precise spectral adjustment to the CIE color matching functions

Consultancy Services
The laboratory can act in a consultancy role for R&D projects related to lighting and related areas.
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Walk in hot and cold chamber facility In Safety and Homologation Laboratory.
Walk-in Chamber consists of thermal chamber with workspace for performance testing of automobiles (car and commercial vehicles upto 6.5 m overall length, engines, and components.

Technical details of walk in hot and cold room
  Operating Temperature range for testing at atmospheric pressure:  -20ºC to + 90ºC
  Operating Humidity range – 90% RH +10/-5 % @ 20-35 ºC.
  Capacity to take up equivalent engine heat load of a 1.5 L engine.
Uniformity in the space and uniformity in the rate of change is maintained for the performance ranges in the entire workspace of the chamber.

Work space dimensions: Width approx.3.4 m, Depth approx. 6.5 m, and Height approx.3.5 m.

  Provision of wicket door for entry and exit during test.
  Provision of two numbers of port holes provided for data acquisition, instrumentation / exhaust gas analysis etc
  Viewing windows provided for visibility during test.
  Chamber interior inspection lamp.
  Protective gear: two sets are available to work inside chamber.
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ARAI Role in implementation of Speed Limiters
  Provided technical secretariat for implementation of SLD in NCT of Delhi Govt.
  Help extended for development of speed limiters indigenously
  Certification & testing of SLD’s with different vehicle models at different set speeds.
Write-up for SAE Dust
ARAI is providing pulverized AC Fine Test Dust and AC Coarse Test Dust as per SAE J 726a. The pulverized dust is tested against SAE standard requirements for particle size and % distribution for the constituent's viz. SiO2,Fe2O3, Al2O3,CaO, MgO etc. at a pre-decided interval using Laser diffraction type Particle size analyzer (Make: M/s. CILAS, France).

This is found very useful and cost effective service by most of the components manufactures mainly filter manufactures, transmission parts manufactures, etc.

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