A Small Wind Tunnel Significantly Improved by a Multi-Purpose, Two-Flexible-Wall Test Section

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P. Kankainen, E. Brundrett, J. A. Kaiser

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1

J. Fluids Eng 116(3), 419-423 (Sep 01, 1994) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910293 History: Received March 04, 1993; Revised December 07, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


A small open-return wind tunnel has been renovated to include a longer test section with a flexible roof and floor and improved entrance flow quality. The flexible-wall test section allows models with up to 30 percent nominal blockage to be tested, resulting in a significant increase in the maximum attainable Reynolds numbers. Interchangeable rigid side-wall panels allow flexibility of application which is essential for a university wind tunnel facility. Configurations have been developed for automotive, aerodynamic and atmospheric-boundary-layer testing. Data acquisition and wall positioning are at an economical semi-automated level of operation. The flexible-wall concept has been well-documented previously, and provides interference-free data without flow pattern assumptions after a few iterations of the roof and floor shape. Representative data are presented for a circular cylinder and an airfoil.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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