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NWTF Conference 2023

Thank you to everyone who took part in the NWTF Conference at the University of Birmingham on the 25th and 26th of May.

The downloadable presentations are highlighted on the schedule below and are followed by the posters.

Day 1 – 25th May 2023

09:30-10:30Conference Registration & Coffee ReceptionPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
10:30-10:35WelcomeMike Jesson – Birmingham
10.35-10.50About the NWTF Jonathan Morrison – Imperial 
10:50-12:00Session 1
Research Capabilities at NWTFs – Art of the Possible. 
(Chair: Chetan Jagadeesh) 

6 x 10 minute presentations with
2 minutes for questions and changeover.
Renan Soares – Southampton
On the Land, Air and Sea – Recent Applied Aerodynamics Experiments the University of Southampton facilities

Mahdi Azarpeyvand – Bristol
Experimental Aeroacoustic Research at Bristol

David Soper – Birmingham 
Unlocking future freight transport capability through
novel moving model vehicle aerodynamics research

David Birch – Surrey 
How low can you go? The EnFlo Environmental
Wind Tunnel and its measurement challenges

Magnus Gregory – Southampton
Underwater PIV benchmark at the University of Southampton Boldrewood Towing Tank

David Angland – Southampton
University of Southampton anechoic wind tunnel –capabilities, current work and future plans
12:00-13:00LunchPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
13:00-14:00Session 2
Snapshot of Research
(Chair: Christina Vanderwell)

5 x10 minute presentations with 2 minutes for questions and changeover
Richard Green – Glasgow
Performance of non-conventional aircraft tail configurations

Kwing-So Choi – Nottingham
Leading-edge flow separation control using DBD plasma: Effect of the Reynolds number

Olivier Cadot – Liverpool
An experimental sensitivity analysis of the aerodynamics of a simplified ground vehicle to the body clearance, yaw and pitch

Isabella Fumerola – Imperial
The ‘Big and Slow’ surface wave experiment for skin
friction drag reduction

Matteo Carpenteri – Surrey 
Non-neutral flows: simulating the full range of atmospheric conditions in the EnFlo Environmental Wind Tunnel
14:00-14:30Coffee BreakPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
14:30-15:30Session 3  
Industry Presentations 

(Chair: Ian Smith) 

5 x 10 minute presentations with
2 minutes for questions and changeover
Edward Jinks 
Siemens Acoustic Wind Tunnel Testing

Roger Gardner – UK ARC

Nicolas Oettle – JLR
Wind tunnel needs from the perspective of an automotive manufacturer

David Roberts – ARA

Steven Lawson – MBDA
15:30-16:00Coffee BreakPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
16:00-16:45Key Speaker
(Intro: Paul White) 
Steve Rowley – QinetiQ
Exploitation pathways – joining the dots between research and industry
16:45-17:00CloseMike Jesson 
17:00-18:00NWTF Management Board MeetingManagement Board Members
18:00-18:30Drinks Reception
18:30 – 20:00Conference Dinner 
(Assembly Room)

Day 2 – 26th May 2023

08:30-09:30Conference RegistrationPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
09:30-09:40WelcomeMike Jesson – Birmingham

Session 4 
Snapshot of High Speed Research 

(Chair: David Roberts)

5 x 10 minute presentations with 2 minute
questions and change over
Mark Quinn – Manchester
Intake unstart testing in the University of Manchester HSST

Kshitij Sabnis – Cambridge
Transonic aerodynamics of aircraft engine nacelles in off-design conditions

Matthew McGilvray – Oxford
1. Testing of aeroheating during satellite demise in the Oxford T6 Stalker Tunnel
 2. Combined shock speed and spectral radiance probe for use in a hypervelocity shock tube

Luke Doherty – Oxford
1. Internal heat transfer measurements on hollow
bodies in rarefied flow
 2. Effects of macro-roughness on the supersonic lateral
separation of spheres in the Oxford High Density Tunnel

 3. Development and application of Background Oriented Schlieren (BOS) for hypersonic free-flight.

Christopher Wheeler – Oxford
Surface pressure measurements on a free-flying cone at 
Mach 7 using pressure sensitive paint
10:40-11:10Coffee BreakPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
11:10-12:00Key Speaker
(Intro: Matthew McGilvray)
Johan Steelant – ESA
Multipurpose and Future of Wind Tunnels
12:00-13:00LunchPoster Session – Current & New Facilities
13:00-13:30Key Speaker
(Intro: Kwing-So Choi)
Gary Page – Loughborough
NWTF Experimental Database
13:30-14:00Session 5 
NWTF Subgroup Activities

(Chair: Richard Green)

5 minutes per presenter
Ashley Evans – Boeing
Novel Instrumentation Subgroup – Industry requirements

Paul White – Airbus
Tunnel Managers Forum 

Mahdi Azarpeyvand – Bristol 
NWTF Group Projects 

Richard Green – Glasgow
Training Workshops Subgroup

Raul Vazquez-Diaz – Rolls Royce
TRL5+ Wind Tunnels
14:00-14:30Coffee BreakPoster Session
14:30-15:30Panel Session
Vision for the NWTF 

5 minute presentation from panellists followed
by audience Q&A
Steve Rowley – QinetiQ – Host
Joanthan Morrison – Imperial
Raul Vazquez-Diaz – Rolls Royce
Stephen Lawson – MBDA
Stuart Gates – ATI
Mike Simpson – EPSRC
15:30-15:40CloseProf Jonathan Morrison – Imperial



ABL Wind Tunnel



Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel

New: AR Collar Wind Tunnel

New: Pressure Neutral Wind Tunnel


Transonic/Supersonic Wind Tunnel


Transonic Wind Tunnel

Low Turbulence Wind Tunnel


8×6 Wind Tunnel

Icing Wind Tunnel


deHavilland Wind Tunnel

Imperial College:

Supersonic Wind Tunnel

10×5 Wind Tunnel


Automotive Wind Tunnel


T6 Tunnel

Low Density Tunnel

High Density Tunnel

New Facilities


RJ Mitchell Wind Tunnel

Tow Tank

Anechoic Wind Tunnel


EnFlo Wind Tunnel