Joppa, Robert G. Department of Aeronautics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Maydew, Randall C. Aerodynamics Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
McBride, Donald D. Experimental Aerodynamics, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Shramo, Daniel J. Lewis Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, Ohio.
- Uses and Methods
- Test conditions
- Low-speed wind tunnel
- V/STOL wind tunnel
- Transonic tunnel
- Supersonic wind tunnel
- Hypersonic wind tunnel
- Nonaeronautical wind tunnels
- Use of computers
- Hypervelocity wind tunnels
- Additional Readings
A duct in which the effects of airflow past objects can be determined. The steady-state forces on a body held still in moving air are the same as those when the body moves through still air, given the same body shape, speed, and air properties. Scaling laws permit the use of models rather than full-scale aircraft. Models are less costly and may be modified more easily than aircraft, and conditions may be simulated that would be impossible or dangerous in flight.
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