Measurement and Assessment of Flow Quality in Wind Tunnels

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$98,136.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNL07AA91P
Agency Tracking Number:
065865
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
A4.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Complere Inc
P.O. Box 541, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950-0541
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
064773401
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Owen
Principal Investigator
(831) 646-5370
kevin@complereinc.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Owen
Business Official
(831) 646-5370
kevin@complereinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
With increased commercial competition, great pressure is being applied to effect aerodynamic design changes that will improve fuel economy and performance. But, for example, as we are now concerned with small changes in drag count, potential sources of improvement are much more likely to be masked by poor flow quality. We may have reached the stage where the lack of suitable facility flow quality will hinder and dictate the rate of progress of ground based testing. Few measurements have been made in the Nation's wind tunnels, and in those cases, large discrepancies have been found between full-scale and predicted performance. Consequently, there is an urgent need for in-situ measurements to measure flow quality and the performance of turbulence and noise suppression devices. To meet these challenges, a unique research program is proposed to clarify and alleviate the aerodynamic problems associated with adverse wind tunnel flow quality. It combines innovative advances in data base assessment and management, and new approaches to turbulence instrumentation and analysis. Standardized turbulence measurement techniques and data analysis procedures will be established and used to document the flow quality in our major test facilities.

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