Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel
This is a low-speed open circuit wind tunnel located in Building 60 capable of generating moderate Reynolds number, incompressible, isothermal flows in a test-section of 1 m x 0.7 m test section. The walls of test section can be adjusted to achieve a variety of pressure gradient conditions enabling, boundary layer studies over a large matrix of conditions. This tunnel can also be configured to undertake obstacle flows, wakes and shear layers, rotating systems, fluid-structure interaction studies.
If you would like to use the facilities please reach out to email@example.com with your requirements.
Stratified Flow Wind Tunnel
This is a low-speed open circuit wind tunnel located in Building 60 capable of generating moderate Reynolds number, incompressible thermally stratified flows in a test-section of 1 m x 0.5 m test section. Thermal stratifications of up to 70C can be achieved in the test-section enabling a range of stability conditions towards atmospheric flow studies.
We will be using the dry-lake bed desert lands in western Utah, known as SLTEST to undertake field experiments of canonical flows that are relevant to aerospace, oceanic and atmospheric sciences. SLTEST is a large patch of nearly homogeneous land at sea level with surface heterogeneities of of 1 mm and has been the test site for many previous experimental campaigns.
At Trace lab we use an array of instrumentation to quantitatively document spatio-temporally varying flows, sound and fluid structure interaction. Some examples include:
Planar three-component Stereo Particle Image Velocimetry (high speed and spatially resolved)
Volumetric particle tracking velocimetry
Digital Image Correlation for surface deformation and stress tensor measurements
Constant Temperature Hotwire Anemometry