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Wind Tunnel Enhancement

F1 Testing in Wind TunnelConcord, North Carolina,  February 09, 2009 - As part of its commitment to continuous improvement, Windshear has recently completed two projects to enhance accuracy, repeatability, and throughput, and is near completion on another.

The first of the new enhancements is implementation of a temperature compensation system for down force measurement. According to Windshear Site Manager Jeffrey Bordner, the system eliminates the need for run-to-run warm-ups, translating to as much as a 20% improvement in test productivity. A typical customer could see an additional 2 hours of test data in a given day.

On the heels of that project, Windshear implemented a new process of database management that drastically reduces the time to collect test data. The new process has already proven to reduce data processing time by more than 30%. The result is a significant reduction in the time spent managing data and an increase in the total number of test runs.

The newest enhancement to Windshear is a system of force measurement at-the-wheel. When complete in March, it will provide a new level of extremely accurate aerodynamic side-force measurement at speed.

The new system will allow for operation while vehicles run at speeds up to 180 MPH on Windshear’s rolling road. An additional benefit will be reduced tares and the ability to measure chassis lateral forces both with and without wind. The end result will be a more accurate side force measurement capability and an increase in the number of data runs available within a given test period.

For more information about this feature or any of the other high-tech systems at Windshear, call Jeffrey Bordner at 704-788-9463.

 


Side-Force Measurement System Under Development


Concord, NC,  January 22, 2009 - Windshear Inc., the only full scale rolling road wind tunnel of its type in the USA, today announced a side-force engineering project of major importance to race teams.

Site Manager Jeffrey Bordner reported that a new system of force measurement is under development and, when complete in March, will provide extremely accurate aerodynamic side-force measurement at speed.

The new system will allow for operation while vehicles run at speeds up to 180 MPH on Windshear’s rolling road. An additional benefit will be reduced tares and the ability to measure chassis lateral forces both with and without wind. The end result will be a more accurate side force measurement capability and an increase in the number of data runs available within a given test period.

For more information about this feature or any of the other high-tech systems at Windshear, call Jeffrey Bordner at 704-788-9463.

 

Windshear Inc. Holds Grand Opening


Concord, NC,  July 28, 2008 - Windshear Inc. celebrated the opening of its advanced automotive wind tunnel on July 18. The event, which drew nearly 300 attendees, marked the debut of the first commercially available, full-scale, single-belt, 180-mph rolling-road wind tunnel in the world. The high-tech facility was completed just 15 months after breaking ground in April 2007.

Representatives from global automotive manufacturers, motorsports teams, the media and local government joined Windshear employees for the ceremony, as well as tours of the facility. Haas Automation General Manager Bob Murray was on hand to address the crowd.

“I wish that Gene Haas could be here today,” Murray said. “Windshear is a result of his vision and leadership, and it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to launch something that is so unique. Windshear brings Formula 1 level testing to all race teams.”

“We are very pleased with the progress made opening the wind tunnel to customers,” added Windshear Business Manager Peter Zierhut. “Our facility offers highly accurate, repeatable test data previously only available to a select few Formula 1 teams, and never before available anywhere in North America.”

Windshear welcomed its first customer, a Formula 1 team, in June 2008, and is 95-percent booked for the remainder of the year. Demand for test slots into 2009 is very strong. The company’s clients include top-level motorsports organizations and auto manufacturers.

Windshear uses a Single-Belt FlatTrac Rolling-Road system from MTS Systems. The road is a continuous steel belt running beneath the vehicle to simulate the road beneath a racecar traveling on a speedway. This provides the most accurate aerodynamic road simulation possible in the automotive industry, and greatly advances capabilities for motorsport organizations, as well as automotive manufacturers.

Jacobs Technology, the advanced-technology arm of Jacobs Engineering, operates the Windshear facility. Jacobs Technology specializes in design, construction and operation of wind tunnels for automotive, aerospace and defense industries throughout the world. Other Jacobs Engineering facilities include NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Langley Research Center, a cold-climate wind tunnel for Hyundai Motor Company and the Crosswind Facility for GE Aircraft Engines.

Windshear Inc., is an independently operated entity of Haas Automation, Inc.

Windshear Sells First Formula 1 Wind Tunnel Time


Concord, NC,  April 14, 2008 - Windshear Business Manager Peter Zierhut reported this week that agreement has been reached with the first Formula 1 race team for wind tunnel testing at Windshear's new, state-of-the-art, rolling road wind tunnel in Concord, North Carolina. The F1 team (unnamed due to confidentiality issues) is scheduled to start testing in June 2008. In addition, Zierhut reported that the Windshear sales team has met with several other F1 teams this year and agreements are likely for testing to start before year-end.

To date, Windshear has sold time to manufacturers, as well as NASCAR, and Indy race teams. According to Zierhut, "We are excited to have our first Formula 1 team on board. F1 represents some of the highest technology racing in the world and it's a tribute to Windshear's capabilities to be selected by some of the top names in racing worldwide."

Windshear Wind Tunnel Site Manager - Jeffrey BordnerWindshear is one of three full scale, single-belt, rolling road wind tunnels in the world and the only one available commercially.

Windshear is built around an MTS rolling road that provides testing up to 180 MPH (290 KPH) with coordinated wind speeds. Air is circulated in a closed-loop system by a 5100 HP (3750 KW) fan driving a carbon fiber fan 22 feet (6.7 meters) in diameter. Maximum air flow is a staggering 2.85 million cubic feet (80700 cubic meters) per minute. High repeatability is ensured via temperature management at a constant 75 F degrees (24 C) plus or minus 1 degree.

For more information about Windshear, call 704-788-9463 or email: info@windshearinc.com
 

Windshear, Inc. Selects Site Manager for World-Class Wind Tunnel Facility


Windshear Wind Tunnel Site Manager - Jeffrey BordnerConcord, NC, October 10, 2007 – Windshear, Inc. announces that Jeffrey Bordner, 40, has joined Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. as Site Manager for the new Windshear 180-mph rolling-road wind tunnel. Mr. Bordner will manage the day-to-day operations of all aspects of the business, including customer relations, scheduling, wind tunnel operations, maintenance, and more.

Mr. Bordner comes to Windshear after 17 years with Chrysler LLC, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the area of aerodynamic, thermal and acoustic testing. From February 2004 until joining Windshear this month, he was the Manager of Aerodynamics and Body Design for all Dodge and Mopar motorsports programs. He was responsible for aerodynamic development and body design of high-performance and racing vehicles, including NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck, NHRA Funny Car & Pro-Stock, and SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race programs, and all high-performance production vehicles bearing the SRT badge (including the Viper SRT-10).

As Wind Tunnel Operations Supervisor at Chrysler, Mr. Bordner oversaw a wide range of test facilities in the Aerodynamic & Thermal Test Labs, including five aerodynamic and climatic wind tunnels, climate-control and engine-cooling test stands, and a thermal-test prep garage. He has extensive experience with both full-scale and model-scale wind tunnels.

Mr. Bordner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Western Michigan University, and joined the Chrysler Aerodynamic and Thermal Labs upon graduation in 1990. He led the team that developed the body design for Dodge’s return to NASCAR Cup Series racing in 2001.

Scheduled to open in September 2008, Windshear’s 180-mph rolling-road wind tunnel will be the first of its kind in North America, and only the third rolling road wind tunnel of its scale in existence. More importantly, it will be the world’s first commercially available, full-scale, rolling-road wind tunnel of its type.

The high-tech facility will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Windshear will be available for hire to all motor sports teams and auto manufacturers, providing the level of services previously available only to top Formula 1 teams.

The wind tunnel will accommodate full-scale vehicles, and provide constant airspeeds up to 180 mph, with temperatures controlled to within plus or minus 1ºF. The high-tech rolling road will be 10.5 feet wide by 29.5 feet long, and be able to accelerate from zero to 180 mph in less than one minute. During testing, “through-the-belt” sensors measure the aerodynamic down force under each tire.

Windshear, which is owned by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas, has contracted with Jacobs Technology (a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.) to build, operate, and provide test services for the wind tunnel on the 5-acre site near Concord Regional Airport.

 

Windshear Inc. Breaks Ground

Windshear Ground Breaking CeremonyConcord, NC, May 16, 2007 – Windshear, Inc. has broken ground for the first 180-mph rolling-road wind tunnel in North America. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot facility began April 5, and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2008.

Official groundbreaking ceremonies for the world-class facility were held May 1, 2007, at the project site in Concord. Ceremonies began at 9:30 a.m., and featured remarks from Concord Mayor Scott Padgett; Derek Chen, Business Development Manager for Transportation and Automotive Equipment, North Carolina Department of Commerce; John Cox, President and CEO, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Gene Haas, President and CEO, Windshear, Inc.

When completed, the $40 million Windshear wind tunnel will be the only one of its type in North America, and only the third rolling road of this size in the world. Windshear Inc. contracted Jacobs Technology (a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.) to build the wind tunnel on the 5-acre site near Concord Regional Airport. Slated as the most advanced racing wind tunnel in the world, it will provide a 180-mph rolling road under the vehicle’s tires to accurately simulate actual racing conditions

Windshear, Inc. will ultimately operate the one-of-a-kind facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a staff of 25. The tunnel will be available for all motorsports teams and auto manufacturers to rent, complementing other nearby research-and-development facilities.

 

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