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Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1920-1929 DateCreated: 1928 Waukesha State: WI Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator: Waukesha Motor Company

The Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engine is used extensively throughout the world for testing, research, and instruction in the performance of fuels and lubricants for the internal combustion engine. Principal design work on this prototype engine was accomplished by engineers of Waukesha Motor Company, now a division of Dresser Industries, who served on a Cooperative Fuel Research Committee with representatives of the American Petroleum Institute, Society of Automotive Engineers, Automobile Manufacturers Association, and the National Bureau of Standards.

Image Credit: Courtesy Colorado State University Image Caption: Cooperative Fuel Research Engine Era_date_from: 1928
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1900-1909 DateCreated: 1908 Alden Research Laboratory Holden State: MA Zip: 01520 Country: USA Website: Creator: Allen, Charles M.
The idea of constructing a rotating boom for hydromechanical tests at the Alden Hydraulic Laboratory originated with Professor Charles Metcalf Allen, head of the lab from 1896 to 1950. The original boom was designed in 1908 by Professor Allen, assisted by two Worcester Polytechnic Institute students. Professor Allen needed a moving test stand for hydraulic experiments and for rating current meters.
Image Credit: Courtesy ASME Image Caption: L.J. Hooper (left), Charles M. Allen (center) and Clyde W. Hubbard (right) sit together on the rotating boom. Era_date_from: 1908
Aberdeen Range, Aberdeen Proving Ground
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1943 US Army Test & Evaluation Command - Ryan Building Aberdeen State: MD Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator: U.S. Army

During the 1930's, research into advanced ballistic measurement techniques began at Aberdeen Proving Ground—the world's first large-scale, fully-instrumented ballistic range producing data on the aerodynamic characteristics of missiles in free flight.

Image Credit: Courtesy U.S. Army RDECOM Image Caption: High Explosive shells at Aberdeen Proving Ground Era_date_from: 1943
AAR Railroad-wheel Dynamometer
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: DateCreated: 1955 Association of American Railroads, Transportation Technical Center Pueblo State: CO Zip: Country: USA Website:, Creator: Southern Pacific Railroad

This inertia dynamometer is used to test railroad wheels under controlled conditions that can greatly exceed normal service. It is the first and only railroad dynamometer to test track wheels using vertical and lateral loads, as well as thermal braking loads, at the wheel rim. It can also test railway car and locomotive axles.

Image Credit: Image Caption: AAR Railroad-wheel Dynamometer Era_date_from: 1955
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