Greenville, South Carolina – Michelin has donated high-performance equipment to a facility for research that will improve the safety of automobiles with electronic communications systems. Michelin Americas Research Company has donated an oscilloscope to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

The Lecroy Wavemaster 8600A oscilloscope is capable of taking 20 billion samples of electronic signals per second and storing them for later data analysis. Research with the oscilloscope will help engineers integrate electronic systems more smoothly in vehicles.

The equipment will enable Clemson researchers to capture phenomena that can occur at ultra-high RF frequencies widely used in modern vehicles. The researchers plan to analyze the electronic noise generated by engine systems, vehicle safety systems and electric motor drivers to diagnose critical failures before they occur.

To date, the lab’s research has resulted in improvement to tire pressure monitoring systems, better methods for modelling and evaluating automotive components, and electric motor drivers that produce significantly less electrical noise.

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