This research facility can simulate the most extreme climatic conditions on earth, allowing the influence of these conditions on humans, on ecological processes and on technical products to be investigated. In the different climate chambers in the terraXcube, scientists can investigate how humans and nature react to environmental stress and how such extreme conditions affect the performance of materials and products. In particular, the facility is of enormous value in the research areas of alpine ecology, alpine emergency medicine and high altitude medicine. For agriculture and industry, terraXcube offers a comprehensive range of test scenarios, in particular for the UAV, automotive and textile sectors. Companies from these sectors can use the facilities and the services of terraXcube to:
- expose large-scale installations and structural components to environmental impacts (extreme temperatures, altitude, rain, wind, solar radiation) in order to test their performance under particularly severe environmental conditions;
- observe the reaction of proprietary products to specific environmental conditions before initiating the certification process;
- collect high-quality data from functional and performance tests, which will constitute the starting point for the further development of the product;
- receive qualified support in the R&D phase.
terraXcube pursues an innovative, multidimensional approach in environmental simulation. Central to this is the design of the two different simulation areas, the Cubes. The centrepiece of the Large Cube is the 360 m3 simulation room, which is suitable for complex tests requiring a large amount of space and high technical standards. The most extreme environmental conditions on earth can be simulated here: from the summit of Mount Everest to the hottest desert areas. The Small Cube consists of four smaller, independent simulation chambers, each of which can simulate the environmental conditions of the Alpine region.
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