The study of aerodynamics and its application within the mechanical, power, renewable energy, aeronautical and automotive engineering sectors is of crucial importance. Mastery of this subject requires students to have access to a suitable laboratory wind tunnel and Cussons’ provides both compact ‘two dimensional’ and more traditional 300mm x 300mm units. The wind tunnels enable students to understand pressure distribution around cylinders and aerofoils and conduct experiments on lift and drag forces experiences by bodies in the ‘working sections’. Boundary layer, smoke and turbulent jet experiments are also offered. As with all Cussons’ products, understanding is achieved by practical hands-on experimentation devised to illustrate the underpinning theory provided in the experiment manuals.
P3230 - Two Dimensional Wind Tunnel
This is designed for use with either the Cussons Air Flow Bench or P3240 Fan Test Stand and enables students to investigate pressure distributions around cylinder, aerofoil and other models. Lift and drag forces acting upon models may also be determined with P3231. Data acquisition is also available for this equipment.
P3231 - Two Component Balance
This is a unique system employing vertical and horizontal balance beams to provide independent measurements of lift and drag forces.
P3232 - Boundary Layer Experiment
This experiment is used to determine the thickness of the ‘boundary layer’ where fluid flow meets a stationary surface and investigate the velocity profile within this layer.
P3233 - Smoke generator
This equipment produces smoke filaments of adequate density to enable flow patterns around various objects to be demonstrated.
P3234 - Turbulent Jet Apparatus
This apparatus demonstrates the general behaviour of a jet of air emitted from a circular pipe into free surroundings and helps to investigate air jet velocity at various distances from the emission point in order to determine both velocity and momentum profiles.
P3240 - Fan Test Stand
This has been designed to demonstrate the capability of a centrifugal fan unit in accordance with BS848. It may also be used as the base unit for a series of additional experiments involving air flow in pipes, heat transfer, aerodynamics and compressible flow studies.
P3260 - Subsonic Open Circuit Wind Tunnel
This is a self-contained facility comprising the tunnel with a three-component balance system (lift, drag and pitching moment) and an air speed indicator. The unit enables students to investigate the pressure distributions around and the forces experienced by aerofoils, cylinders and other models and also to study boundary layers.