J381: Windshield Defrosting Systems Test Procedure and Performance Requirements--Trucks, Buses, and Multipurpose Vehicles - SAE International
Browse Standards J381_196802
Historical ISSUED 1968-02-01

Windshield Defrosting Systems Test Procedure and Performance Requirements--Trucks, Buses, and Multipurpose Vehicles J381_196802

This SAE Recommended Practice establishes uniform test procedures and performance requirements for the defrosting system of enclosed cab trucks, buses, and multipurpose vehicles. It is limited to a test that can be conducted on uniform test equipment in commercially available laboratory facilities. Current engineering practice prescribes that for laboratory evaluation of defroster systems, an ice coating of known thickness be applied to the windshield and left- and right-hand side windows to provide more uniform and repeatable test results, even though under actual conditions such a coating would necessarily be scraped off before driving. The test condition, therefore, represents a more severe condition than the actual condition, where the defroster system must merely be capable of maintaining a cleared viewing area. Because of the special nature of the operation of most of these vehicles (where vehicles are generally kept in a garage or warmed up before driving) and since defrosting under steady-state over-the-road operations is the main concern, test conditions have been adopted which assume that the engine is warm before the vehicle is driven. There are two options for producing hot coolant in this recommended practice. Testing using these two approaches on the same vehicle will not necessarily provide identical results. Many vehicle models are offered with optional engines, and each engine has varying coolant temperatures and flow rates. If the test is being conducted to compare the performance of one defroster design to another defroster design, then the external coolant source approach (Test A) will yield the most comparable results. If the test is being conducted to validate the defroster installation on a specific vehicle model with a specific engine, then using the engine to heat the coolant (Test B) will be more appropriate. This document will be reviewed and revised as technological progress in vehicle defroster test procedure requires.
J381_200901
2009-01-27
Latest
Revised
J381_200009
2000-09-29
Historical
Revised
J381_198406
1984-06-01
Historical
Revised
J381_197405
1974-05-01
Historical
Revised
J381_196802
1968-02-01
Historical
Issued

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