The groundbreaking Schuberth testing laboratory in Magdeburg, Germany has an aerodynamics and aeroacoustics wind tunnel and a climate testing facility.
Schuberth was the world’s first helmet manufacturer to use its own wind tunnel for the development of motorcycle helmets. Expanded further and further over the course of the years, the latest upgrade of the research and development centre came when it was moved from Braunschweig to Magdeburg. At the formal dedication ceremony on July 8th, 2015 Schuberth, CEO Jan-Christian Becker said, "It is only logical to integrate our wind tunnel into the state-of-the-art Magdeburg plant. In the spirit of keeping distances short and communication flowing, development and production belong under one and the same roof."
It all began three decades ago with the construction of a modern aerodynamics wind tunnel in Braunschweig in order to identify the air flow around the helmet as well as the forces and moments induced in motorcycle helmets by the airstream. A mere six years on, the test bed was converted into an aeroacoustics wind tunnel that could also characterise flow noises. Over the course of the following years, all testing facilities have been continuously modernised and development concepts for helmet aerodynamics and aeroacoustics have been established that are now documented as a formal standard, ensuring Schuberth’s lead ahead of its competition.
When the Schuberth wind tunnel was moved from Braunschweig to Magdeburg as one of the last facilities, the company used the occasion to modernise it once again, as well as add a climate testing facility. "We have of course already done some research into the influence of the air temperature and humidity on the climate within the helmet in the past, and gained useful insights," explains Dr. Thomas Hagemeier, head of the new Schuberth Air & Acoustics Lab. "But the new climate testing facility allows us to conduct systematic and simultaneous research and development of all criteria relevant to the comfort and active safety of our helmets."
The Schuberth wind tunnel is 12 metres long, with 120 kW of engine power and a 1.6 metre axial flow fan that allow to generate wind speeds of up to 190 km/h. The measuring section can be extended from 1.5 to 3.9 metres, allowing to test motorbikes as well as Formula-1 racing cars.