Using Sand and Dust Chambers for Automotive R&D
I have lived in the Midwest all my life. There are a lot of things I enjoy about life here, and the climate is near the top of my list. I love the variability; hot enough for beach days in the summer, cold enough for snow hikes and sledding in the winter, temperate enough in the spring and fall. One of the consequences of that variability, though, is that products designed for use in those climates have to be able to withstand the harshness of the conditions. For example, automobiles used in the Midwest need to be installed with air conditioners to keep their users cool in the summer, and they must also be equipped so that they still start reliably in sub-zero temperatures. One of the ways that industry responds to the challenge of engineering products for use in these contexts is by testing the products in test chambers.
Test chambers provide simulated environmental conditions. A test chamber used to simulate climatic conditions of the Midwest might be able to reproduce extreme temperatures and high humidity. A test chamber used to test products that will be exposed to desert conditions, on the other hand, might be equipped with an air compressor a dust collection trough. Sand and dust chambers can be used to test the reaction of a product when exposed to bursts of air contaminated with abrasive particles like sand. These kinds of test chambers can be useful in the development of products that are likely to be exposed to desert conditions. They can test abrasion resistance and many other physical properties. Sand and dust chambers, as well as the kinds of chambers used to reproduce the climatic conditions of the Midwest, are valuable tools in the production of products that can withstand harsh conditions.