Low-Speed, Low-Turbulence Subsonic Wind Tunnel
The Low-Speed, Low-Turbulence Wind Tunnel is a closed-throat, single-return, atmospheric tunnel. The test section is 39.9 in. (101.3 cm) high by 58.1 in. (147.6 cm) wide. Electrically actuated turntables provide positioning and attachment for the two-dimensional models, while a six-component strain-gage balance facilitates the mounting and measurement on three-dimensional models. The turbulence intensity in the test section is approximately 0.05 percent at 150 ft/sec (46 m/s). Its outstanding flow quality and data-acquisition system allows one to obtain high-quality, reliable aerodynamic data on airfoils, aircraft, wind turbines, and so forth.
- Closed-return tunnel: 75' x 25' (24m x 8m)
- Closed-throat test section: 3.25' x 5' (0.99m x 1.52m)
- Speeds: up to 200 feet per second (64 m/s)
- Low turbulence intensity: <0.045%
- Reynolds-number range: <50,000−3x106
Boundary Layer Tunnel
Our Boundary Layer Tunnel is heavily used in our undergraduate- and graduate-level laboratory courses. General experiments related to the occasional student project, and small research grants, are also performed in this tunnel.
Some of our previous research involves boundary layer measurements, general 2D and 3D airfoil testing, drag measurements of long slender vehicles, protuberance drag studies, evaluations of rotorcraft whirl flutter, and most recently, micro-scale wind turbine development, testing and control.
- Closed-return circuit: 110’ x 14’ x 10’ ( 33.5m x 4.3 m x 3 m )
- Closed-throat test section: 2’ x 3’ x 20’ ( 0.6 m x 0.9 m x 6 m)
- Wind Speeds: 0 to 150 fps (0 to 46 m/s)
- Turbulence intensity: ~ 0.3%
- Reynolds-number range: 50,000 to 150,000
- Unusually long test section allows for boundary layer studies and long models.