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Ford Develops Mobile Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel

Ford Motor Co. has announced that it has developed the world’s first mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel, a patent-pending invention that it says will improve quality while also saving significant time and money by letting engineers test vehicles right at the plant where they’re built and therefore they test can spend less time traveling around the country. It is built inside two 53-foot shipping containers that can be set up and disassembled in hours.

Ford’s wind noise core supervisor, Bill Gulker, said “This project was born from a desire to be the best when it comes to controlling and limiting the cabin noise customers are so sensitive to and our new mobile wind tunnel saves our engineers time and increases productivity.”

“Now, we’re able to detect even the most subtle noises and we can identify an area in need of improvement, have key people gather, communicate quickly and resolve the issue without delay.” Gulker said.

The mobile wind tunnel costs a fraction of a $50 million full-size aerodynamics lab, though it doesn’t have nearly as much specialized instrumentation or equipment. It uses two 6-foot diameter fans to create a steady stream of wind up to 80 mph to help identify sources of unwanted noise in early production vehicles. It’s being put to use first at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which is preparing to build the new Lincoln Continental sedan.


  1. Innovation.... Nice research from Ford

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