Experimental Facilities and Capabilities

The group has three world class high speed wind tunnels, capable of producing flow from supersonic to hypersonic and all the way to hypervelocity:

FacilityModeMachP0  [MPa]T0 [K]Test time [ms]
T6 Stalker tunnel Multi-mode Facility 6-30 75/1000’s 5000 /10,000’s 0.05-2
High Density tunnel Ludwieg / LICH 3-10 25 1250 70-500
Low density tunnel Suck down 6-10 0.01 273 continuous

NWTF LogoThe facilities are part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility. This offers a minimum of 25% access of the tunnels and instrumentation to outside parties (academic or commercial).

 

Schematic of High Speed Flow Laboratory
Schematic of High Speed Flow Laboratory.

 

Picture of the high speed flow laboratory from the driver end of the facilities. The T6 Stalker tunnel is on the left and the High Density Tunnel is on the right.
Picture of the high speed flow laboratory from the driver end of the facilities. The T6 Stalker tunnel is on the left and the High Density Tunnel is on the right.

 

Picture of the high speed flow laboratory from the test section end. The High Density tunnel is on the left and the T6 Stalker tunnel is on the right.
Picture of the high speed flow laboratory from the test section end. The High Density tunnel is on the left and the T6 Stalker tunnel is on the right.