Bowles Fluidics–fluidic nozzle for windshield wipers testing and development

Project Manager:  Richard W. Hess;  Principal InvestigatorJewel B. Barlow, UMD
Location:  Columbia, Maryland – Howard County;  Project Start Date:  2/1/1996

Business Description
Bowles Fluidics Corporation’s mission is to be a world-class developer and manufacturer of fluid distribution products for both automotive and non-automotive markets.

Challenge
Bowles planned to maintain its dominant position in the windshield washer nozzle market by improving their fluidic washer nozzle spray performance at high vehicle speeds.

MIPS Role
Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel researchers investigated automobile front endflow characteristics to understand the aerodynamic environment in which the washer nozzle operates. They also developed testing methods to evaluate washer nozzle spray performance at high vehicle speeds and applied those methods to evaluate various fluidic washer nozzles and their placements.

Results
The project resulted in significantly improved nozzles, enabling Bowles to sell over one million nozzles per year and create 14 new jobs.

MIPS-Related Quotes
“Bowles Fluidics Corporation used the MIPS program to verify performance improvements achieved using our new Spray Lift nozzles…this put BFC in a leadership position as the expert on the high-speed performance of automotive windshield washer sprays.”
–Ernie Chestnutis, Special Projects Coordinator, Bowles Fluidics

“The aerodynamic effects on performance of windshield washer systems have helped us develop systems to meet our customer requirements.”
–Chi Srinath, V.P. Advanced Engineering, Bowles Fluidics

Leading up to (and beyond) the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala, each weekday we will briefly profile one (or more) of the 500+ companies that have utilized MIPS funding to bring innovations to market and create jobs in Maryland.

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