SubSonic Wind Tunnel (MODEL ME-WT227SS/S)

The ARL’s ME-WT227SS/S is a new computer-controlled subsonic Mediam wind tunnel designed for undergraduate teaching.

A Mediam wind tunnel, with visible working section. A wide range of accessories and instrumentation options are available, allowing a comprehensive study of subsonic aerodynamics. The facility is suitable for undergraduate training and project work.

  • ARL’s computer controlled wind tunnel for undergraduate teaching
  • Clear acrylic working section (305mm x 305mm x 990mm) for excellent visibility
  • Inverter-controlled AC fan for accurate speed control up to 34 m/s air velocity
  • Wide range of optional models and instrumentation
  • Multi-way or single-way quick-release connectors between models and manometers
  • Models mounted in side wall of working section incorporate quick-release catches
  • Complete with data logging and educational software
  • Electronic watchdog allows for remote operation
  • Removable base to working section to allow the insertion of large or complex models
  • Flow visualisation facility included
  • Air flow studies option available including Bernoulli apparatus
  • Computer-controlled air flow
  • 305mm (12” nominal) square working section
  • Transparent working section for visibility
  • Wide range of models for both aerodynamics and air flow studies
  • Choice of water or electronic manometer banks
  • Quick-release connectors on manometer tubes and quick-release fastenings for easy model changing
  • Simple flow visualization technique incorporated

The ME-WT227SS/S is a Mediam wind tunnel designed for Unique operation. Air is drawn through the working section by a variable-speed fan at the discharge end of the tunnel.

A honeycomb flow straightener is incorporated at the inlet, and a 9.4:1 contraction ratio ensures well developed airflow through the working section.

The working section is fabricated from clear acrylic to give good visibility of the models, and appropriate model connection points are included in the side wall and roof of the working section.

A unique feature of the working section is that its entire base is removable to allow the insertion of large or complex models.

The basic wind tunnel is supplied with a USB interface to enable it to be controlled from a PC (not supplied). An electronic pressure sensor mounted in the wall of the working section measures the static pressure, allowing the air velocity to be calculated and displayed on the computer.

A manometer bank is required for use with the optional models and instruments. Two options are available, a Digital manometer or a 16-channel electronic manometer.

With the electronic manometer the readings and data logging are integrated with the wind tunnel operational software. With the water manometer the readings can still be integrated and recorded, but need to be entered into the computer manually.

The optional models are mounted through a circular hatch (120mm diameter), the models being permanently mounted on a hatch cover to seal the opening (flush with the inside wall of the working section to avoid disturbing the flow). They are secured by quick-release clamps on the side wall of the working section. Where necessary the hatches incorporate an angular scale enabling the model to be manually rotated to known angles.

A plain, clear acrylic cover is supplied for applications where no model is fitted, but this may be adapted by the user to mount alternative models.

A second, smaller hatch behind the model mounting position allows the optional Wake Survey Rake to be installed downstream of the various optional models. A plain hatch cover is installed until this option is fitted.

Three tappings in the roof of the working section, each with a blanking plug flush with the inside wall, allow the flow visualization system or the Pitot static tube to be inserted. These tapping are located at the start of the working section, upstream and downstream of the model mounting position.

  • Square test section, nominally 300 x 300 mm, length 1000 mm
  • Air velocity in the test section variable from 0 to 90 m/s (note: some models can only be used at lower velocity)
  • Profiled inlet with a 10:1 (nominal) contraction ratio
  • Tube length 920mm
  • Inclination 30°
  • Measurement range 0-160mm H2O
  • 16 channels 0-178mm H2O (differential)
  • Lift force 6N at model
  • Drag force 6N at model
  • Inclination +/- 45°
  • Aerofoil NACA 0015
  • Cord length 150mm
  • Thickness 9.2mm
  • Equatorial diameters: 
    > Large models 50mm
    > Golf ball and small sphere 43mm
  • Cylinder diameter 30mm
  • Tapping spacing 20°
  • Throat width 400mm
  • Upstream/downstream width 350mm
 
 
Electrical supply:
Mod-A:220-240V1ph50Hz10 amp
     
     
 
 
Volume:1.5m3
Gross weight:220kg
 
Height:2.70m
Width:4.25m
Depth:1.1m

 

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