About the Wind tunnels
Our wind tunnels range from tabletop to room-sized. The most powerful can generate wind speeds of up to 90mph.
They are equipped with devices to measure the forces exerted on an object. This data can then be used to improve designs.
Students use the tunnels for project work. Previous projects have looked at:
- race car development
- testing underwater autonomous vehicles
- testing drag reduction on lorries
The R J Mitchell wind tunnel, named after the designer of the Spitfire, is the largest of our wind tunnels. It has been used by Olympic cycling and skeleton bobsled athletes, America's Cup sailing teams, and performance car brands.
Subjects using this facility
Aeronautical and astronautical engineering
Gain the skills to develop the next generation of planes, drones, race cars and spacecraft. We're the only Russell Group university with degrees that combine aeronautics and astronautics.
Gain the theory, practical knowledge and problem-solving skills to design and build mechanical systems. Learn how to develop next-generation sustainable technologies across a range of industries.