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University of Southampton wind tunnels

3' x 2' tunnel

The 3’ x 2’ tunnel is an open circuit facility with a closed 0.9 m x 0.6 m x 4.5m working section. It is installed in a laboratory, is equipped with a 3D computer controlled probe traversing system and dynamometer, and is used for a variety of aerodynamics research and student project work. It is also suitable for the calibration of instrumentation and the laboratory has laser safety arrangements that enable the PIV system to be used for flow visualisation studies.

A scale wind tunnel model being tested in the 3' x 2' wind tunnel using 2D Laser Doppler Anemometry
A model wing in the 3' x 2' tunnel

Specifications
This is a small open circuit, closed jet tunnel installed in a laboratory and is used for project and set-up work. It is suitable for flow visualisation and calibration of instrumentation.


Working section (3’x 2’)
0.9 m wide x 0.6 m high x 4.5 m long
Maximum wind speed of 30 m/s


Balance
6-component strain gauged balance in tunnel floor on a controllable turntable
2D Traverse gear for moving instrumentation across the working section

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