Made possible through the generous support of the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust, the Wind Tunnel Facility is a $10M state-of-the-art, low-speed tunnel located on the research campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.
Celebrating the legacy of Emil Buehler, whose many engineering and philanthropic contributions included the development of Mach 3 wind tunnel technology, Embry-Riddle’s 14,000-square-foot building houses a tunnel with a 4-by-6 foot primary test section that can deliver a maximum flow speed of up to 420 ft/s. The primary test section is also 12-foot long, and gives the tunnel considerable flexibility for making measurements on a diverse range of test articles.
The test section has almost unimpeded optical access for particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements, this being a primary design requirement, and much of the test section is comprised of optical quality glass with anti-reflective surface coatings. Various working and support platforms have been integrated into the design of the test section to allow maximum flexibility for mounting cameras, lasers and other optics. The test section is also equipped with a research quality, six-component, remotely controlled pitch-and-yaw force balance.
The wind tunnel is used for faculty and graduate student research, as well as some undergraduate laboratory experiments.