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Video of the week: F1 wind tunnel explained


A few months ago we introduced you the ACE wind tunnel characteristics. To complement these information, Sauber F1 team has released a couple of videos to better understand the basics of a Formula 1 wind tunnel.

Basics of Wind Tunnel Design

  • basic principles, history
  • open-circuit vs closed-circuit wind tunnels
  • energy efficiency
  • fan, foundation, seismic mass, vibrations
  • air rotation and turbulence


Heat, Cooling & Airflow Optimization

  • heat, cooling & radiators
  • airflow optimization


Test or Working Section

  • test section, settling chamber
  • closed-jet, slotted-wall, 3/4 open-jet
  • contoured-wall, adaptive-wall
  • aerospace vs motorsport wind tunnel technology
  • boundary layer reduction in motorsports

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