The project aims to create a standard laboratory environment where various types of physical activities in sports and outdoor can be conducted and studied under relevant weather and wind conditions.
The project is a collaboration between researchers at the Sports Tech Research Centre and Loughborough University, England. The project group's work has meant creating a laboratory requirement profile, developing and evaluating optimal designs and geometries through computerized simulations of air flow and rainfall, and validating these through physical measurements in a fully established environment.
The work has resulted in a unique laboratory consisting of a combination of a physiological laboratory and a wind tunnel. Various activities such as walking, running, wheelchair and roller skiing, inlines and cycling can be carried out on a large treadmill under adjustable weather and wind conditions. With the establishment of the laboratory, the next step has been taken in the development of a more valid and relevant environment for tests of athletes in many different disciplines. In addition, an environment is created where companies in the outdoor industry can test the functionality of their garments and equipment at selected physical activities and under conditions similar to the ones in which they will be used.
The project has been partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.