Bristol, 9th March 2017 - Supporting the UK’s development in aerodynamic and fluid mechanics research, CFMS Member Imperial College London has announced the availability of two of its UK based world-class wind tunnels, with a third tunnel estimated for launch in September 2017. Operating under the National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF), Imperial College is one of seven universities, including Cranfield, Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, City University London and Glasgow that offer a national network of 16 tunnels and a towing water tank, and supporting facilities to academia, industry and scientists.
Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), a five-year programme was announced in 2014 under the then UK Minister for Science and Universities, David Willetts, to upgrade, refurbish, expand and construct facilities. Jonathan F. Morrison, Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Head of Aerodynamics, Imperial College London and Project Director, NWTF commented, “In order to maximise their value, world-class facilities require world-class researchers who we have in abundance at Imperial. Such a facility also draws to it researchers from other institutions and disciplines to make this a truly international laboratory."
Enabling multi-sectoral research in experimental fluid mechanics up to TRL 3, Imperial College London and NWTF facilities span low, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds and low to high densities. Research covers broad and specialist disciplines from boundary layers to icing and noise, and structural configurations that include closed and open return, managed blow-down, suck down, heated and rarefied flows.
Dr Kevin Gouder, Project Manager, NWTF commented, “Organisations looking to utilise Imperial College London or NWTF’s extensive facilities, technologies and tools will be supported throughout the project process. With facilities in use, we are already seeing a wide range of use from academia and industry organisations.”
Individuals or organisations interested in accessing the Imperial College London or one of the National Wind Tunnel Facilities should contact Dr Kevin Gouder, Project Manager, NWTF, on 0207 594 5141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. The College's 16,000 students and 8,000 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science, medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for society.
Founded in 1907, Imperial builds on a distinguished past - having pioneered penicillin, holography and fibre optics - to shape the future. Imperial researchers work across disciplines to improve health and wellbeing, understand the natural world, engineer novel solutions and lead the data revolution. This blend of academic excellence and its real-world application feeds into Imperial's exceptional learning environment, where students participate in research to push the limits of their degrees.
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The National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) (EPSRC grant EP/L024888/1) is an initiative in which 17 tunnels distributed across seven UK host universities are made open access (for up to 25% of time) to external users, both university and industry based. The NWTF aims at keeping the UK at the forefront of aerodynamic and fluid mechanics research. Recognising that the UK has a world-class talent base, the decision to fund the NWTF was taken to match this talent base to world-class facilities. The paradigm shift provided by NWTF is expected to provide for an overall transformative benefit, establish a world-leading capability while being cost-effective and appealing to multiple sectors. The enhanced UK capability in experimental aerodynamics is available to all UK-based researchers and aims to create nodes of excellence attracting young researchers. The NWTF also aims to establish a closer tie with industry creating a pull-through environment and an intended spill-over of the collaboration and benefits to other sectors.
NWTF: committed to making world-class facilities available to all scientists.
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