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Low-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing

A brand-new edition of the classic guide on low-speed wind tunnel testing While great advances in theoretical and computational methods have been made in recent years, low-speed wind tunnel testing remains essential for obtaining the full range of data needed to guide detailed design decisions for many practical engineering problems. This long-awaited Third Edition of William H. Rae, Jr.’ s landmark reference brings together essential information on all aspects of low-speed wind tunnel design, analysis, testing, and instrumentation in one easy-to-use resource. Written by authors who are among the most respected wind tunnel engineers in the world, this edition has been updated to address current topics and applications, and includes coverage of digital electronics, new instrumentation, video and photographic methods, pressure-sensitive paint, and liquid crystal-based measurement methods. The book is organized for quick access to topics of interest, and examines basic test techniques and objectives of modeling and testing aircraft designs in low-speed wind tunnels, as well as applications to fluid motion analysis, automobiles, marine vessels, buildings, bridges, and other structures subject to wind loading. Supplemented with real-world examples throughout, Low-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing, Third Edition is an indispensable resource for aerospace engineering students and professionals, engineers and researchers in the automotive industries, wind tunnel designers, architects, and others who need to get the most from low-speed wind tunnel technology and experiments in their work.
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Table of Contents

Wind Tunnels. Wind Tunnel Design. Pressure, Flow, and Shear Stress Measurements. Flow Visualization. Calibration of the Test Section. Forces and Moments from Balance Measurements. Use of Wind Tunnel Data: Scale Effects. Boundary Corrections I: Basics and Two- Dimensional Cases. Boundary Corrections II: Three-Dimensional Flow. Boundary Corrections III: Additional Applications. Additional Considerations for Aerodynamic Experiments. Aircraft and Aircraft Components. Ground Vehicles. Marine Vehicles. Wind Engineering. Small Wind Tunnels. Dynamic Tests. Appendices. Index.

About the Author

JEWEL B. BARLOW, PhD, is Director of the University of Maryland's Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel. He is a former chairman of the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association (SATA). WILLIAM H. RAE, Jr. (deceased) was associate director of the F. K. Kirsten Aeronautical Laboratory at the University of Washington and a charter member of the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association. ALAN POPE is a former director of aerodynamics at Sandia National Laboratory. His other books include High-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing and Wind Tunnel Testing.

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