Wind tunnels

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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 drag reduction on lorries
  • testing underwater autonomous vehicles

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.