Friday, June 17, 2016

Exposing REU students to automotive technologies and facilities

One of the goals of the AERIM REU program is to expose student participants to different automotive technologies and to give them the opportunity to visit automotive industry facilities. Two examples of such recent activities are listed below.

  • Detroit SAE 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle Event
The 10 AERIM REU students attended the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle event on June 8, 2016. Organized by the Detroit section of SAE, such vehicle events provide an opportunity for attendees to hear presentations from key members of the vehicle development team and to network with engineers working in the automotive industry.

AERIM REU students at the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle Event

More pictures from the event can be found here

  • Tour of FCA Aeroacoustics tunnel facility at the Chrysler Technical Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills, MI:
CTC image from this link
AERIM REU students also got to tour the Chrysler aeroacoustics wind tunnel facility at CTC on June 17. The tour was organized by Todd Lounsberry and Greg Fadler of the Aerodynamics and Thermal Systems/Wind Tunnel Operations group at Chrysler. The tour started with an introduction to vehicle aerodynamics presentation by Greg Fadler and was then followed by a tour of the facility, which included walking through the wind tunnel circuit, going through the huge wind tunnel fan (super cool!!) and witnessing a smoke visualization demo over a 3/8 scale clay model of a vehicle. We also got to experience the sound dampening features of the acoustic wall treatments throughout the wind tunnel. We are grateful to the FCA wind tunnel operations group for organizing this tour for us!

2016 AERIM REU students by the Chrysler wind tunnel fan.

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