Aerodynamics Laboratory

This lab includes two subsonic and three supersonic wind tunnels as well as a low-speed smoke tunnel for flow visualization. The principal tunnel used for research is a closed-circuit, single-return, low-speed wind tunnel with a 3 ft by 4.25 ft test section (see Figs. 1 and 2) in which the flow speed may be varied from 0 to approximately 140 mph. Different types of mounting hardware and balances are available, including floor mounted with a six degree-of freedom balance and angle of attack control, as shown in Fig. 5, and sting-mounted with a three degree-of-freedom balance.

Test Section 1

Fig. 5 Test Section of 3 ft by 4.25 ft Tunnel with "Cessna" Model

Truck model 1

Fig. 6 Truck Model in Test Section with Ground Plane


Although used primarily for instruction of undergraduate students, an open-circuit, low-speed wind tunnel with a 2 ft by 2 ft test section (see Fig. 7) can be used for research. In this tunnel the wind speed may be varied from 0 to 120 mph.

Low speed Wind Tunnel 1

Fig. 7 Low-speed Open-Circuit Tunnel

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Coordinator: Anwar Ahmed
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