Engineering Science in Oxford at the forefront of new National Wind Tunnel Facility

Hypersonic wind tunnels at Oxford University will be upgraded as part of a Government investment in aerospace. Wind tunnels at seven UK universities are to be upgraded as part of a £13.3m project to place Britain at the forefront of aerospace research.

Beagle 2 geometry being tested in the Oxford Gun Tunnel
Beagle 2 geometry being tested in the Oxford Gun Tunnel.
The new National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) will incorporate the Hypersonic facilities in the Department of Engineering Science Southwell Laboratory as well as two sites in London and others in Glasgow, Cambridge, Southampton and Cranfield.

These world class tunnels will be available for use by academic researchers and industry. UK Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, said they would support "pioneering work".

The £13.3m funding package comes from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK Aerodynamics Centre. It will be shared by Oxford University, Imperial College London, City University London and the universities of Cambridge, Cranfield, Glasgow and Southampton.

Dr Matt McGilvray
Dr Matt McGilvray
Professor Peter Ireland
Professor Peter Ireland
Professor Peter Ireland, Head of the Department’s Southwell Laboratory, said: “The NWTF award is great news and comes on top of considerable investment from the University in high speed flow.   Last year, we were delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Matt McGilvray to a faculty position as Senior Fellow in Hypersonics”.

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