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The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory's Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS-Mark IV) is a 75 ft long, 12 ft wide, 12 ft tall custom mechanical apparatus weighing 51 tons. The HVS is designed to simulate a large number of vehicle passes on a full scale asphalt or concrete pavement in order to safely and quickly evaluate the effects of highway traffic on a particular pavement being tested. CRREL is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.
HANOVER, New Hampshire (Sept. 2, 2016) - The Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS Mark IV) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory is slated to depart the laboratory installation at 72 Lyme Road, Hanover New Hampshire Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (ET)
The 51-ton, 75-foot mobile machine will exit from the access road on the north side of the property entering Lyme Road.
CRREL is moving the massive simulator in coordination with the Town of Hanover Public Works and Police Department.
The move involves initial relocation to a site in Hanover that will facilitate the use of a crane(s) to load the HVS on a specially-adapted trailer for transport to Rowan University's Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs) Glassboro, New Jersey, which is planning a grand opening Sept. 14, 2016.
This event should afford multiple news-gathering opportunities.
The Heavy Vehicle Simulator is typically used for accelerated pavement testing and is designed to simulate 20-years of data within as few as three months while simulating loads from 4500 lbs. to 22,500 lbs. for wheeled vehicles including aircraft.
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