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Cold Environment Simulator Building and annex

@Many atmospheric phenomena occur at sub-zero temperatures, and even at temperatures well below -40‹C. The Cold Environment Simulator Building consists of two cold rooms and a cloud simulation chamber, and is widely used for experiments to investigate cloud formation and other atmospheric phenomena as well as to develop measuring devices and test their performance in low-temperature conditions.

@Cold rooms A and B are used for various experiments at temperatures as low as -40‹C and -90‹C, respectively. Air temperatures in these rooms are separately regulated using programmable control units. Temporal changes in air temperature (e.g., diurnal variations) can be represented within the cooling capacity of the refrigeration system. Using a vertical wind tunnel in cold room A, experiments on the growth of snowflakes, graupel and hailstones can also be carried out.

@The cloud simulation unit takes the form of an adiabatic-expansion-type chamber that can be used to simultaneously control the wall temperature and air pressure in the experimental volume to simulate natural cloud formation processes (adiabatic expansion). It can reproduce cloud formation processes (both dry and wet adiabatic expansion) in the temperature range of 30 to -100‹C, pressures ranging from 1,030 to 30 hPa, and an evacuation rate range corresponding to ascent velocities of 0 to 30 m s-1.

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