Our Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel is designed to conduct experiments for the studies of dispersion in urban flows, wind loads on buildings, wind energy, fluid-structure interaction and atmospheric turbulence.
Featuring an impressive boundary layer section measuring 20m long by 2.5m wide and 2m high, the wind tunnel is one of a small number of facilities in Australia capable of measuring high Reynolds number flows.
The tunnel can generate flow velocities up to 100kmph and fit relatively large-scale models over its 2.5m diameter turn table. The blockage tolerant section also allows detailed assessment of complex topographic areas (for example, analysis of wind turbine placement).
The tunnel is equipped with variable levels of fetch roughness so site-specific turbulence characteristics can be simulated.
A range of instruments are used for measuring and understanding the behaviour of air flows in wind tunnel experiments. These include:
As well as being used for our research work, the tunnel is available for consulting and teaching activities.