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A Correlation Study between the Full Scale Wind Tunnels of Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors 2008-01-1205

A correlation of aerodynamic wind tunnels was initiated between Chrysler, Ford and General Motors under the umbrella of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR). The wind tunnels used in this correlation were the open jet tunnel at Chrysler's Aero Acoustic Wind Tunnel (AAWT), the open jet tunnel at the Jacobs Drivability Test Facility (DTF) that Ford uses, and the closed jet tunnel at General Motors Aerodynamics Laboratory (GMAL).
Initially, existing non-competitive aerodynamic data was compared to determine the feasibility of facility correlation. Once feasibility was established, a series of standardized tests with six vehicles were conducted at the three wind tunnels. The size and body styles of the six vehicles were selected to cover the spectrum of production vehicles produced by the three companies. All vehicles were tested at EPA loading conditions.
Despite the significant differences between the three facilities, the correlation results were very good. The correlation test program and aerodynamic results will be discussed in detail. The benefits of this correlation project include improved and standardized testing procedures, and an expanded database of competitive vehicle information without increased testing costs, which in turn allows for increased wind tunnel time for product development.


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