A new low-speed, closed-circuit, closed-test-section wind tunnel, called BLT, has been designed and built at KTH. The turbulence intensity in the test section is <0.04%, the total pressure variation is <±0.1% and the temperature variation is <±0.07°C over the cross-sectional area. The concept of expanding corners with an expansion ratio of 1.32 first investigated by Lindgren et al. in 1998, has been implemented successfully with a two-dimensional total pressure loss coefficient of 0.047 at a chord Reynolds number of 200,000. It is comparable to or even better than the values found in most wind tunnels using nonexpanding corners. The findings in this study prove the usefulness of expanding corners to achieve a compact wind tunnel circuit design without compromising the flow quality.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 17, 2003
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