University of Washington Aero Lab

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Representative: Jack Ross
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Phone: 206-543-0439

Kirsten Wind Tunnel

Date Built: 1936
Size H/W/L: 12 ft x 8 ft x 10 ft (3.7 m x 2.4 m x 3.0 m)
Max Wind Speed: 200 mph (321.9 kph)
Construction Type: Concrete
Reynolds Number: 1.9 x 10^6
Circuit Type: Double Return, Closed
Power: 500 HP x 2
Power Type: Two Electric Motors, Fans
Stagnation Pressure/Temperature: Ambient / Ambient
Data System: PC with National Instruments Data Acq. boards
Data Acquisition: 10 Dedicated and 6 Auxiliary Channels (more can be added with advance notice)
Pressure System: Scanivalve DSM3000
Balances: External
Ground Effects: Fixed Aircraft GP, Vehicle GP with boundary layer suction
Test Types: Aeronautic, Automotive, Sports, Marine, Academic
Air Supply System: Up to 2300 psi
Air Mass Flow: 1lb/s continuous, up to 20 lb/s for shorter durations
Facility History: UWAL consists of several facilities used by companies individuals and the government for testing the aerodynamics of various models. The main facility is the F.K. Kirsten Wind Tunnel. The other facilities include the 3' x 3' Low Speed Wind Tunnel (LSWT) and the Water Tunnel (in storage and temporarily unavailable). Kirsten Wind Tunnel: The Kirsten Wind Tunnel is a subsonic closed circuit double return wind tunnel. The tunnel has a test section with a rectangular 8' x 12' cross-section that is 10 feet long. Two sets of 14' 9"-diameter seven-bladed propellers move the air up to 200 MPH through the test section. A PC-based data acquisition system running LabVIEW software records data from a six-component external balance. The data is also available for plotting or viewing in near real time to PC's on an isolated ethernet. For more detailed information please see the Technical Guide to the Kirsten Wind Tunnel. The 3 x 3 LSWT: UWAL also has a 3' x 3' Low-Speed Wind Tunnel that is ideal for testing 2-D models up to speeds of 136 MPH. The open circuit LSWT has a square test section with an 3' x 3' cross-section that is 8 feet long.
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