Two aeroacoustic wind tunnels have been inaugurated by Renault (www.renault.com), Peugeot Citroen (www.peugeot.com), and the French Institute of Engineering Studies in Saint-Cyr l'Ecole in France, to investigate on the reduction of the aerodynamic drag of vehicles, aerodynamic noise for the comfort of passengers, dynamic stability of the vehicle, as well as the effects of side winds. The main tunnel will measure 258 ft2 with a ¾ open jet design that is large enough to accommodate minivans. Wind velocity in the main tunnel can reach as high as 149 mph.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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