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.