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Wind Tunnel Test Techniques

  • ID: 5238254
  • Book
  • July 2021
  • 1000 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
Wind Tunnel Test Techniques: Design and Use of Low- and High-Speed Wind Tunnels provides an up-to-date treatment of the topic. Beginning with a brief history of wind tunnels and its types and uses, the book goes on to cover subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnel design and construction, calibration, boundary corrections, flow quality assessment, pressure surveys, and dynamic testing. It also focuses on wind tunnel facilities, making it useful for both the designer and operator. Engineers and graduate students in aerospace, automotive and similar programs will find this book useful in their work with experimental aerodynamics, gas dynamics, facility design and performance.
  • Deals with a broad range of flow speeds in wind tunnels, from low speed to high speed
  • Provides a discussion of similarity laws as well as material on statistical analysis
  • Includes coverage on facility-to-facility and facility-to-CFD correlation
  • Presents advanced topics such as cryogenic wind tunnels, ground simulation in automotive testing, and propulsion testing
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SECTION 1 Introduction 1. A brief history of the genesis of wind tunnels 2. Types and uses of wind tunnels 3. Dynamic similarity

SECTION 2 Wind tunnel design and circuit aerodynamics 4. Subsonic wind tunnel design 5. Boundary interference assessment, alleviation, and correction 6. Model supports and support interference evaluation 7. Transonic wind tunnels 8. Supersonic wind tunnels 9. Hypersonic test facilities 10. Force and Moment Balances 11. Model design and construction 12. Special topics

SECTION 3 Operational and Test Procedures 13. Statistical Engineering Practices 14. Wind tunnel calibration 15. Flow quality assessment 16. Force and moment measurements 17. Facility instrumentation 18. Planning of Test Campaigns

SECTION 4 Wind tunnel test techniques 19. Pressure surveys 20. Dynamic testing 21. Facility-to-facility, facility-to-CFD, facility-to-flight correlation

SECTION 5 Measurement Techniques 22. Flow visualization 23. Nonintrusive quantitative flow field measurements

SECTION 6 Postscript 24. The role of CFD in aerodynamic research 25. The future of ground testing

SECTION 7 APPENDICES A. A primer on statistical engineering B. Strain-gage balance calibration example

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Britcher, Colin
Associate Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
Dr. Britcher has more than 40 years' experience in wind tunnel design and test techniques, starting as an undergraduate student. He has worked with a variety of facilities and applications, covering all speed ranges, including several NASA-funded projects.
Landman, Drew
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Dr. Landman has more than 35 years' experience on wind tunnel design, with an emphasis on experiment design and balance calibration. He was responsible for operations and test support of the "Langley Full-Scale Tunnel", the largest University operated wind tunnel in the world, prior to its decommissioning by NASA.
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