Major Facilities

RESEARCH WIND TUNNEL

  • Test Section: 3 m in length, 1.25 m in width, 1.25 in height
  • Top Speed: ~ 20 m/s
  • Fan: ~ 93 kW (125 hp)
  • Traverse: Three-dimensional fully-automated traverse system (stroke length = ~ 1 m in x-, y-, and z-directions)


EDUCATIONAL WIND TUNNEL

A Small scale educational wind tunnel equipped with load cell and smoke flow visualization facility with top speed of approximately 50 m/s.

 


FANS

FMRL is equipped with several axial, centrifugal, and cross-flow fans ranging from 1 to 125 hp, facilitating both internal and external flow experiments. 
Different speed controllers including a high capacity variable frequency drive and a variable autotransformer are available to operate fans at different r.p.m values.

FLOW VISUALIZATION

An MCT U1000 Color High Speed Camera (AOS) with maximum speed of 500 frame per second and maximum resolution of 2.3 Megapixel (1900 by 1200) is used for flow visualization purposes.

Two Lens (i.e., Navitar 8 mm F/1.4 2/3″ C-mount lens and Navitar 50mm F/1.4 1″ C-Mount) and a CAME-TV 1380 LED Light (Daylight) are available. 


LOAD MEASUREMENT DEVICE

An ATI Mini85 Load Cell with DAQ and ATI software for measuring aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loads. This sensor measures force and torque in 3 directions (i.e., FX, FY, FZ, TX, TY, TZ) at sampling rate of 1000 Hz. The format of the exported time series is comma separated values (.csv). Range and resolution of this sensor is as follows:

FX=FY=1900 N, Res. 9/28 | FZ=3800 N, Res. 3/7
TX=TY=80 Nm, Res. 5/374 | TZ=80 Nm, Res. 7/748

 


TURBULENCE MEASUREMENT
DEVICE

  • TSI IFA 300 Constant Tempera
    ture Anemometer
  • Multichannel digitizer
  • ThermalPro Data Acquisition and Analysis software
  • Hot Wire 1D, 2D, and 3D sensors and long probe holders

COMPUTATIONAL RESOURCES

To meet our computational needs, we maintain a wide selection of computers divided into two main categories: (1) Local workstations with a variety of essential engineering and research software including ANSYS and Solidworks. (2) 36 non-GPU and 3 GPU nodes of a high-performance computing cluster with 128 GB RAM, 28 Xeon cores, and 200 GB storage, per each node. This facility is shared with other laboratories.