The multi-fan wind tunnel is controlled by 64 inertia array (8x8) of small axial fans. These fans can be controlled individually or in groups using the the supplied software. Each individual fan can reach a maxmium of 5,500rpm (rotations per minute). With the damping section installed, wind speeds can reach up to 40mph (~50mph without the damping section). Fully assembled, the tunnel has a length of 10 meters.
The wind tunnel is compromised of multiple segments. These segments can be picked up and re-arranged. Each segment has a width of 1 meter and height of 1.2 meter (the length of each varies). Located on the horizontal sides of the two test segments are either one or two doors that can be opened up to allow access to the wind tunnel. On the segment with two doors are small circular openings to allow test specimens to attach to external fixtures. Additionally, on the segment with one door is a turn table with a diameter of 0.7 meters.
Located right after the multi-fan cone is a honeycomb output with a vibration isolation section. Directly following the vibration isolation is a damping section for flow field quality. This section can be removed.
For drawings of the segments and other components of the tunnel, please refer to the gallery at the bottom of this page.
For data acquisition there are 15 low-range differential pressure transducers. They are from Alpha Instruments, model 161. Below are the technical specifications as well as a PDF version with further information.
|Performance Data ||Standard||Optional||Optional|
|Accuracy* (at room temp) ||±0.60%FS||±0.40%FS||±0.25%FS|
|Non-Linearity (BFSL) ||±0.55%FS||±0.37%FS||±0.24%FS|
|Thermal Effects: Zero?Span Shift (/°F) ||±0.03%FS||±0.02%FS||±0.015%FS|
|Compensated Range ||40 to 170°F |
(4 to 77°C
|Maximum Line Pressure ||15PSI(100kPa) |
|Stability||±0.5% FS/YR |
|Warm-up Time||5 seconds|
|Position Effect || |
University at Buffalo faculty and staff interested in use of the wind tunnel, please fill out and submit the following form. For those outside the university, please contact us. Upon submission, we will review the request and get back to you with further information.