Browse Publications Technical Papers 2000-01-0984

Vehicle Defroster System Evaluation 2000-01-0984

Vehicle defrost systems are required to defrost the windshield and side windows in a short period. This portion of the HVAC system is not only required to work without interfering with operator comfort relating to high temperatures being felt by the drivers face, but also relating to noise. Add to these restrictions the requirement that the defrost outlets used must be esthetically pleasing, and one can see how much development time is required to design an effective defrost system. Once a design is established, it must be tested. The methods currently used to test defrost performance leaves much to be desired, due to the time required to transpose actual test results into usable data. This transposition includes removing marked tracing from the windows in a cold chamber to trace paper, and then the trace paper needs to be reduced into manageable sizes of paper. It is for these reasons that a more cost effective, accurate, consistent, and time efficient method using digital photography was created.


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