European Strategic Wind tunnels
Improved Research Potential
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In the scope of the ESWIRP project, the EU has provided a budget to open the three facilities to the European research community,
and so, to offer the opportunity to universities and research institutes to perform research test in high scale and performance wind tunnels.
Three workshops were organised from November 2010 to October 2011, which were intended as an information exchange platform for European researchers to present their ideas of potential experiments, and for the ESWIRP partners to present the facilities. Researchers were invited to present their topics and to build up transnational teams. After the third workshop the international consortia were invited to hand in their application for experimental testing at one of the three participating wind tunnels.
A team of experts reviewed the proposals and marked it against a set of criteria which was available prior to the workshops on the ESWIRP website. The testing activities for the selected projects will take place in 2013.
The ESWIRP students´ initiative met with a lively international interest and attracted a substantial number of qualified applications. Students from France, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden applied for the attendance of one of the three ESWIRP project experimental test entries.
The relevant criteria for the ESWIRP project consortia´s evaluation were the students´ professional background and focus as well as their familiarity with aerodynamic topics, aircraft design or wind tunnel related measurement systems. All chosen applicants come from other institutions than those involved in the chosen project consortium, are fluent in English and are nationals of the EU or its Associated States according to EU FP7.
Taking all this into account, each ESWIRP project consortium finally invited three students to attend their test entry in one of the participating wind tunnels:
All applicants have been informed of the consortia´s evaluation results, waiting lists are installed in case one of the attending students will not be able to participate. The students, who had been selected in the first round, have been welcomed into the international ESWIRP project teams and are now looking forward to the experimental testing at one of the three high performance wind tunnels in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
The following four projects have been selected for the experimental test performance at the three participating wind tunnels:
Marknesse, The Netherlands
European Transonic Wind tunnel
Consortium contact: Jean-Luc Godard
Test date: 25th to 29th June 2013
Article relative to this test:
Going for Experimental and Numerical Unsteady Wake Analyses Combined with Wall Interference Assessment by using the NASA CRM Model in ETW
The three strategic facilities each have a different, but coherent focus on their investments within ESWIRP.
The ETW will improve their unsteady testing capabilities for exploring the flight envelop limits, S1MA will improve the Mach number stability in the test section in transonic domain, DNW-LLF is enhancing its ground simulation capability by increasing the available moving belt velocity.