Our Facilities

The National Wind Tunnel Facilities cover low speed, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds across all sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Civil, Rail and Environmental. Facilities are available to industry and academic users.

TRAIN rig

University of Birmingham

Designation:
Low Speed, Train rig
Test Section Size:
The overall length of the facility is 150 m with a 50 m long test section.
1/25th for rail vehicle testing, but larger road vehicle models can be used up to 1/10th scale.
Maximum Flow Speed:
Model speed - up to 80 m/s.
Propulsion system – two rubber catapults, one at each end of the rig.

Aeroacoustic

University of Bristol

Designation:
Low Speed, Aeroacoustic
Test Section Size:
Anechoic chamber: approximately 7 x 4.5 x 3.5m
High-Speed nozzle: 0.6 x 0.2m maximum speed 100m/s
Medium-Speed nozzle: 0.6 m x 0.4 m; maximum speed 60m/s
Low-Speed nozzle: 0.6 m x 0.755 m; maximum speed 40m/s
Jet: 1.5inch diameter; maximum speed 1.4 Mach
Maximum Flow Speed:
Low speed nozzle: 40m/s
Medium speed nozzle: 60m/s
High speed nozzle: 80m/s
Jet:1.4Mach

Icing Tunnel

Cranfield University

Designation:
Open return
Test Section Size:
Section 1: 0.76 x 0.76m
Section 2: 0.81m octagonal
Section 3: 0.4 x 0.4m
Maximum Flow Speed:
35 - 170m/s

Anechoic

University of Southampton

Designation:
Anechoic
Test Section Size:
1 x 0.75 m
Anechoic Chamber Size: 8.15 x 5.5 x 4.75m.
Maximum Flow Speed:
80 m/s

Hydroscience Tank

University of Southampton

Designation:
Towing and wave tank
Test Section Size:
138 m long x 6 m wide x 3.5 m deep with 0.5 m free board
Maximum Flow Speed:
Maximum Carriage Speed: 12 m/s

Environmental Flow (EnFlo)

University of Surrey

Designation:
Meteorological Wind Tunnel
Test Section Size:
20 x 3.5 x 1.5 m
Maximum Flow Speed:
0.5 ms¯¹ to 3 ms¯¹