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Icing Tunnel

Cranfield University

The Icing Wind Tunnel at Cranfield University has three sizes of test section up to 0.76 m x 0.76 m, and a speed up to 170 m/s.

This facility is used to understand the details of how ice forms on aircraft, wind turbines and other structures.

Test Section 1 size:
Section 1: 0.76 x 0.76m
Section 2: 0.81m octagonal
Section 3: 0.4 x 0.4m
Open return
Mach Number: 0.1 – 0.5

Maximum Flow Speed: 35 - 170m/s
Reynolds No: 2.5 x 10⁶/m – 12.4 x 10⁶/m.
Total Pressure: Ambient
Pressure: up to 18.3 kN/m²
Temperature: -30°C to +20°C
Turbulence intensity: < 1%
Run Time: Continuous
Testing Capabilities:
Data Acquisition: Multiple channel high speed data acquisition system.
Outputs: Forces and Moments, pressure and temperature.

Flow visualisation: Thermography.
Droplet measurement system