University of Glasgow receives £1.7m to support National Wind Tunnel Facility

Issued: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:33:00 BST

The University of Glasgow has been awarded £1.7m to support wind-tunnel research, it was announced today (Thursday 9 January).

A total of seven UK universities will share £13.3m from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK Aerodynamics Centre to form the National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF), creating new opportunities for pioneering aerodynamics and fluid dynamics research and for supporting the UK’s aerospace industry. The industry, the second-largest in the world, employs more than 230,000 people and contributes £24b to the economy each year.

The award was announced by the Minister for Universities and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, at an event held at Imperial College London today. Imperial College London is sharing in the funding along with City University London and the Universities of Cambridge, Cranfield, Glasgow, Oxford, and Southampton. The facilities will be available for use by researchers and industry and will be able to simulate a wide variety of environments to build understanding of both low and high speed conditions.

As a result of the dedication and efforts of Dr. Richard Green and Prof. Frank Cotton, the University of Glasgow has received £1.7m to upgrade one of the School of Engineering’s four existing wind tunnels. The 2.7m by 2.1m De-Havilland wind tunnel is based at the University’s Acre Road facility in Glasgow. In addition to enabling unsteady aerodynamics research in areas of aerospace such as rotorcraft, the upgraded tunnel will aid the development of key technologies in the wind energy sector. The award will be used to enhance the capabilities of the tunnel, particularly by introducing a gust facility, and equip it with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that will allow real-time measurement of off- and on-body flows.