Wind Tunnel Laboratory

Several wind tunnels are housed in the Wind Tunnel Laboratory, which is primarily used for instruction.

A two-dimensional smoke tunnel is used for flow visualization studies, and provides students a visual and qualitative understanding of the flow over two-dimensional bodies, such as airfoils. A subsonic open return tunnel with a force and moment balance allows students to study aerodynamic flows, such as those over airplane models, propellers, etc.

Student laboratory work enabled by the facility includes:

  • Flow visualization over airfoils
  • Lift, drag, and movement over a complete airplane model
  • Pressure distribution over an airfoil
  • Boundary layer study
  • Propeller performance
  • Drag over three-dimensional bodies

Lab Information

Location: LB 176

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email

Lab Director: Ebenezer Gnanamanickam

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