AER Facilities

Automotive Model Mounting

General mounting information

A vehicle ground plane is available for automotive model testing. The all-aluminum ground plane occupies the entire test section and has fairings that extend into the bellmouth and diffuser. The model mounting structure is isolated from the wind. Two multiple-point mounting systems are available for testing either heavy duty trucks or passenger vehicles. Each mounting system is concealed with the use of coverplates. The model is mounted to a large turntable so that they both rotate in conjunction as the turntable is yawed. The approximate test section size with the ground plane installed is 12-feet wide, 7-feet tall, and 15-feet long.

Due to the infrequency of automotive testing, the automotive mounting fixtures and cover plates have been moved to a UW warehouse off campus, and so availability must be verified. Call for status and details.