When it comes to Cold Weather Testing: We’re the Place
The Interior of Alaska consistently has some of the coldest winter temperatures in North America. This makes the area an ideal “virtual” laboratory for Cold Weather Testing and Research. Manufacturers of vehicles, parts, aircraft, snowmobiles, and clothing find Fairbanks to be a superior cold weather testing locale.
As well as researching home energy efficiency.
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An aircraft gets tested
against Fairbanks cold
Photo credit: Alaska Aerofuel
Extreme Weather Test Facilities
The faculty and staff at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has an impressive portfolio of individuals with extensive credentials in the area of cold weather testing and research.
Alaska Climate Research Center
located at the international arctic research center at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks, focuses on
the climatology of Alaska
and Polar Regions.
The U.S. Military uses Alaska’s
interior as a
training ground for their both their soldiers and
Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory, located on Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, has facilities ranging from a 300 foot permafrost tunnel to cold rooms with a temperature range from –30° F to + 70° F. The
Cold Regions Test Center, located at Fort Greely, Alaska has an extensive array of test facilities, and a staff experienced in all aspects of cold weather testing.
Cold weather brings high demand for efficient
Cold Climate Housing Research Center in
collaboration with UAF, develops and tests building
products used in construction. They are also testing
various road construction techniques for arctic
If you would like to learn more about cold
climate research or how to be more energy efficient in Fairbanks cold climate, here are some links
that are also related to cold climate testing and energy
Alaska Energy Authority
Alaska Energy and Housing
Arctic Energy Alliance
Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Fairbanks Cooperative Extension
Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Yuma Proving Ground: Cold Regions
Amenities, Lifestyle & Entertainment After a long day of testing, a wide range of hotels, restaurants, recreational and cultural activities are available to the individuals involved in the testing programs. The activities available range from a soothing sauna or hot tub to collegiate hockey, basketball, and access to cross country or alpine skiing facilities.
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