23. Internationales Stuttgarter Symposium

Automobil- und Motorentechnik

4. - 5. Juli 2023

Session: AERODYNAMICS | | 13:30 - 14:00

Digitalization in Wind Tunnels increases Efficiency and Quality in Development and Validation

Jan Jacob, Werum Software & Systems AG

For shorter development cycles with ever-increasing vehicle features testing efficiency is key. At the same time, quality assurance requirements are constantly growing, which can be seen in all fields of vehicle development. However, especially in large and costly test facilities, like wind tunnels, these topics can become pressing issues. The digitalization of the whole test process increases the efficiency and supports quality goals imposed by regulations like WLTP or ISO17025. This starts with the management of test requirements and the related test requests, continues with highly efficient test execution and the complete documentation of the tests, and does not end with the reliable and searchable storage of the results. Yet, it goes further to tailored and automated analysis and reporting functionalities and includes auxiliary processes like asset and calibration management, process-monitoring, and maintenance planning. This paper illustrates how standard software solutions can assist these processes to achieve efficiency and quality. These solutions support the customers of aerodynamic and thermal wind tunnels, the operational management of the facilities as well as the operators of the test cells. Numerous application levels benefit from such solutions: from the test management in the office to gateway applications bridging the gap between classic IT infrastructures and the test cells to test automation and data recording.