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