Wind Tunnel for Agricultural Spray Analysis

Croda Installs Wind Tunnel for Development of Spray Drift Reduction Technologies that Meet Customer Needs

Croda has offered first insights into the speciality chemical company’s new low speed wind tunnel for agricultural spray analysis. The facility, which is currently being installed at Croda’s North American site in New Castle, Delaware, will be a core enabler in the company’s spray drift research platform.

Last week, delegates at Croda’s technical seminar in North Carolina participated in a morning masterclass focused on the challenges associated with off target movement. Dr. Greg Kruger, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska opened the session by introducing current practice and developments in characterisation of agricultural spray drift. The Croda team then introduced the measurement capability that the organisation will have, based on a bespoke design endorsed by leading third party researchers and design partners, and a comprehensive validation program.

Greg Lindner, Research Director at Croda, said “Our low speed wind tunnel gives us the testing capability to characterise agricultural spray quality according to established industry protocol as well as other techniques. This capability will enable us to conduct research into the mechanisms of drift reduction to minimise off-target movement and develop reliable spray drift reduction technologies relevant to our customers’ needs.”

Croda plans to keep industry partners informed of the progress of the installation and validation of the new facility through regular updates on its website