AVL Automobile Laboratory


The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa has taken the initiative to establish a state of-the-art automobile laboratory in the department premises with the financial assistance of the Austrian Government. The project is expected to be carried out in conjunction with one of the leading automobile research equipment supplier; Anstalt für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen List (AVL) Austria. AVL List GmbH of Austria is the world’s largest independent automotive powertrain research and development institution serving automobile industries worldwide. The laboratory with its advanced instruments and test systems will support the academic staff with teaching of modern powertrain technology and enable students and researchers with potential research themes related to automotive engineering to produce engineers well equipped to face the challenges in the current and future automotive industry.

The objectives of establishing such state-of-the-art laboratory can be highlighted as,

  • To support the emerging needs of the local vehicle industry with advanced teaching, research and testing equipment.
  • To acquire a state-of-the-art automotive laboratory for advanced test and research of modern and future powertrain technologies in terms of performance, durability, fuel economy, emission and others.
  • To acquire research, test and development capabilities related to automotive environmental issues for the responsible Sri Lankan Authorities and the private sector.

The proposed laboratory will include a Chassis Dynamometer, an Engine/Motor Dynamometer, an EV Motor Testbed, an advanced Emission Analyzer, a Battery Tester, a Battery Emulator and relevant software.