Tunnel Control System
Ensures that the equipment functions smoothly and at the command of the operator. Consists of:
- A specially equipped server
- AC frequency converters
- Control Panel
The Control Panel allows the operator to control airflow speed, flight sessions, lighting, ventilation, and other equipment, and to monitor the status of the tunnel.
Several Control Panels can be connected to the system, making it possible to set up a mobile control point. If necessary, it is also quick and easy to launch a spare Control Panel on a standard notebook or tablet.
The Control Panel’s convenient and efficient interface can be translated into any language and adapted to the client’s wishes. It can also be complemented with additional buttons to provide control over any additional equipment connected to the system.
The server receives commands from the Control Panel and transmits signals to the frequency converters controlling the rotation speed of the Axial Fans and to other equipment. The server also gathers data from sensors, which allow the automatic system and the operator to monitor the status of the tunnel and equipment.
The control system can be integrated with a Booking System to enable data exchange between the two. This makes it possible to gather and analyze statistics on tunnel usage and power consumption, and to compare time paid for with actual flying time.
We are continuing to develop the system. Coming soon:
- Compensation for axial fan “shadowing”: when there are multiple people in the wind tunnel, part of the air stream is blocked; to ensure that the air stream remains even, we are developing a system that will increase the performance of the remaining Fans in this case
- Integrated video observation: direct video from different parts of the tunnel will be shown on the Control Panel enabling operators to quickly determine the cause of faults indicated by sensors
- Password locking of Control Panels for safety during maintenance work