VDAS AF1300S - Package


A starter set consisting of the Subsonic Wind Tunnel 305 mm (AF1300), Basic Lift and Drag Balance (AF1300z) and a set of Three-Dimensional Drag Models (AF1300j).

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Air enters the tunnel through an aerodynamically designed effuser (cone) that accelerates the air linearly. It then enters the working section and passes through a grill before moving through a diffuser and then to a variable-speed axial fan. The grill protects the fan from damage by loose objects. The air leaves the fan, passes through a silencer unit and then back out to atmosphere.

A separate control and instrumentation unit controls the speed of the axial fan (and the air velocity in the working section). The control and instrumentation unit also includes manometers and electrical outlets to supply electrical power to other optional instruments.

A metal frame supports the wind tunnel. The frame includes lockable castors for convenient mobility.

Working Section

The working section of the tunnel is a square section with a clear roof, sides and floor. The sides are removable. The floor and each side panel has a special position to support the optional wind tunnel models. Supplied with the wind tunnel are a protractor and a model holder to support and accurately adjust the angle of any models fitted.

Two traversing probes fit on the working section. One is a Pitot-static tube and the other a standard Pitot tube. They fit upstream and downstream of any models and connect to the manometers of the instrumentation unit (or other optional instruments) to show pressure.

Included with the Wind Tunnel

Basic Lift and Drag Balance (AF1300z)

This balance holds the models in the working section and measures the lift and drag forces on the models, created by the air moving past them.

Three-dimensional Drag Models (AF1300j)

A set of models, each with a different shape but the same frontal area for direct comparisons.

Minimum Instruments Required

It is possible to complete all AF1300 experiments without using VDAS®. However there is a minimum additional instrumentation requirement for some experiments.

All TecQuipment electronic instruments e.g. the 32-Way Pressure Display Unit (AFA6) have visual displays from which data can be transcribed.

Other instruments e.g. the Multitube Manometer (AFA1) are read manually and the data transcribed.

Learning outcomes

This Starter Set includes parts for experiments in three-dimensional drag due to different body shapes and surface dimples.

Additional Experiments:

TecQuipment can also supply other optional models and instruments to extend experiments, giving:

  • Flow past bluff and streamlined bodies with pressure and velocity observations in the wake
  • Investigations into boundary layer development
  • Influence of aspect ratio on aerofoil performance
  • Performance of an aerofoil with flap, influence of flap angle on lift, drag and stall
  • Pressure distribution around a cylinder under sub-critical flow conditions
  • Study of characteristics of models involving basic measurement of lift and drag forces
  • Study of the characteristics of three-dimensional aerofoils involving measurement of lift, drag and pitching moment
  • Study of the pressure distribution around an aerofoil model to derive the lift and comparison with direct measurements of lift
  • Flow visualisation
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