Duell, E., Walter, J., Yen, J., and Nagle, T., "Progress in Aeroacoustic and Climatic Wind Tunnels for Automotive Wind Noise and Acoustic Testing," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Mech. Syst. 6(1):448-461, 2013, doi:10.4271/2013-01-1352.
There has been significant progress in developing test facilities for automotive wind noise and automotive components since the early 1990s. The test technology is critical to the development of modern vehicles, and essentially every major automotive manufacturer owns and operates their own aeroacoustic wind tunnel, or has rental access to one and conducts a significant amount of wind noise testing. The current status for climatic wind tunnels is that many new CWTs are being defined with acoustic test requirements. These test capabilities in AAWTs and CWTs will continue to enable the development of vehicles with better wind noise attributes, fewer problems with sunroof ‘booming’, and lower noise levels for HVAC and auxiliary systems. In the future, it is expected that the test demand for AAWTs and CWTs with low acoustic background noise will continue to increase as customers expect better automotive products, especially across more of the product line.The objective of this work is to present some of the progress and challenges involved in designing wind tunnels with low background noise in order to meet the requirements of automotive companies for their product development needs.