- Analog, CAN and Ethernet outputs
- Automated zero and shunt features
- Rugged construction
- Wide range 10 to 36 volt DC power
- Field upgradable by user
- Transforms data from wheel to vehicle coordinates
- Stackable with communication between systems
- Ethernet communication via laptop or pda and web browser
- Works with data acquisition software to record data directly to a computer
The Wheel Force Transducer (WFT) User Interface Electronics (CT2) provides high level controller area network (CAN), Ethernet, and analog outputs. The CT2 accepts either analog or digital signals from the wheel force transducer (WFT). In addition, CT2 can also accept built in WFT accelerometer signals, and 6 analog inputs from external devices. All the signals together can be transmitted to the data acquisition system or computer through the digital outputs.
Setup of the WFT system is done via an embedded web page. Setup can be done by any device capable of running a web browser (i.e. laptop, desktop, pda, etc.), without any additional software. Firmware upgrades are done by the customer in the field via the same web page.
Coordinate transformation of the data, from wheel to vehicle coordinates, is performed automatically when used on the road. For use on a simulator, wheels do not rotate, and data can be sent directly from the WFT without coordinate transformation.
Factory calibration and setup data is read from the WFT at startup. CT2 updates the WFT with every zero, shunt sequence check, and set-up change. Calibration files are stored in the WFT, so they never need to be downloaded by the user, even if power is interrupted. All CT2 systems can be interchanged with any compatible Michigan Scientific WFT.
When multiple WFTs are used on one vehicle, the CT2 units are stacked together, and communication is shared between electronics. Power requirements are approximately 10 watts per WFT system.