Ford engineers developed a wind tunnel based on two shipping containers

Auto giant Ford has developed a compact mobile wind tunnel based on two shipping containers. The unit is designed to test the noise level in the vehicle interior.

As you know, a full-size wind tunnel is the size of an average office and can cost up to $ 50 million. Of course, in some cases you cannot do without it, however, for example, in order to test individual parameters of the cabin (air flow, the operation of some sensors), you can come up with something simpler and cheaper.

This is exactly what the engineers at Ford did. The mobile aerodynamic unit developed by them was created on the basis of two 16-meter sea containers. Its power allows you to create an artificial wind blowing at a speed of 130 km / h using two 16-blade fans with a diameter of 1.8 m.

To create an upstream flow, containers are stacked on top of each other. Thanks to a series of internal partitions, the noise level from the operation of the unit is minimized.

The entire control system is housed in a separate 12-meter container. The containers are interconnected into a single system by power cables. It takes 6 hours to prepare the complex for work.