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The Driveability Test Facility Wind Tunnel No. 8
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 04, 2002 by SAE International in United States
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The Sverdrup Driveability Test Facility (DTF) represents a new type of partnership in automotive testing between a supplier (Sverdrup Technology) and an original equipment manufacturer (Ford Motor Company). The facility was designed and built by Sverdrup to Ford's specifications. It is also operated and maintained by Sverdrup, with Ford as its “anchor” client under a long-term lease-back arrangement. Test time that goes unused by Ford is made available to other customers.
Wind Tunnel 8 (WT8) is one of the test facilities within the DTF, which includes two other climatic wind tunnels and several supporting test cells. This tunnel combines aerodynamic, acoustic, climatic, and powertrain capabilities within one facility. The airline was optimized during the design stage for the competing requirements of excellent flow quality, very low background noise, and climatic capability. This paper describes the rationale for including Wind Tunnel 8 in a driveability test facility, an overview of the design philosophy, and commissioning results.
- Joel Walter - Sverdrup Technology, Inc.
- Edward Duell - Sverdrup Technology, Inc.
- Bill Martindale - Sverdrup Technology, Inc.
- Stephen Arnette - Sverdrup Technology, Inc.
- Paul A. Nagle - Sverdrup Technology, Inc.
- William Gulker - Ford Motor Company
- Stan Wallis - Ford Motor Company
- Jack Williams - Ford Motor Company
CitationWalter, J., Duell, E., Martindale, B., Arnette, S. et al., "The Driveability Test Facility Wind Tunnel No. 8," SAE Technical Paper 2002-01-0252, 2002, https://doi.org/10.4271/2002-01-0252.
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