Special Issue "Innovations in Wind Tunnel Testing"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2016) | Viewed by 15479
Interests: wind tunnel testing; incompressible and compressible experimental aerodynamics; shock/vortex interaction; shock waves; compressible vortex flow
As the Wright brothers have shown, from the dawn of aviation, wind tunnels have always played an important role in the understanding of fundamental aerodynamics and in the development of all aircrafts to this day. The “golden age” of wind tunnels coincided with that of aviation in the 1950s and 1960s, when every design, no matter how improbable, was tested.
Since the 1990s, with the rapid progress of numerical models and their implementation in the design of new aircraft, the need for wind tunnels, and their strategic role in the development of aircraft, have been put under scrutiny, resulting in the decommissioning, and at times destruction, of key facilities.
The question of the importance of wind tunnels in the development of aircraft is even more pertinent now, with the major aircraft manufacturers in their “production phase,” and with the next clean-sheet design far from being launched, and wind tunnels are now facing a transition from a well-known past to an unclear future, and also needing to define the tests of the future before the next generation of aircraft are on paper.
What progresses are being made in the techniques used and in the way in which a test is carried out, that will assure the strategic importance of wind tunnels and allow them to compete with more and more powerful, and less expensive, numerical simulations? That is the challenge that the wind tunnel community is now facing, and it is the aim of the Special Issue “Innovations in Wind Tunnel Testing” to address this topic.
Dr. Raffaello Mariani
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- wind tunnel
- measurement techniques
- measurement systems
- test methodology
- innovative approaches