The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, is equipped with the latest instrumentation and computer facilities for fluid dynamics measurements and computations.

Current Equipment and Techniques

  • Advanced design wind tunnel with a test section 32"x45"x8' long and a maximum speed of 240 ft/sec.
  • Water tunnel with a test section 15"x20"x5' long and a maximum flow speed of 16 in/sec.
  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF)
  • Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV)
  • Hot-Wire Anemometry (HWA)
  • High-Speed Video Photography (HSVP)
  • Laser and Smoke-Wire Flow Visualization
  • Instruments to measure aerodynamic forces in the wind and water tunnels
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)


Research now being conducted in the lab includes buoyancy driven flow for automobile under-hood, flow investigation in tissue processors for histology, rotating flows, flow and thermal behavior of mechanical seals, flow investigation in lobed and scalloped jet mixing flows.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5343 USA
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