Evaluation of a new wind tunnel with expanding corners

Evaluation of a new wind tunnel with expanding corners 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals

Evaluation of a new wind tunnel with expanding corners

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Engineering
ISSN
0723-4864
eISSN
1432-1114
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00348-003-0705-y
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Experiments in FluidsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 17, 2003

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