The Western Michigan University Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory (AAL) houses two wind tunnels. The small wind tunnel (SWT) is an open loop tunnel. The SWT has a 16" by 16" test section capable of producing airspeeds up to 100 feet per second and is primarily used for instruction purposes. The Advanced Design Wind Tunnel (ADWT) is a closed loop research grade tunnel. The ADWT has a 3' by 4' test section capable of producing airspeeds up to 250 feet per second. The SWT has a three axis balance, hotwire, pressure instrumentation and stereo particle image velocimetry capabilities. The ADWT has two 6 axis balances, a 3 axis balance, hotwire, pressure instrumentation and stereo particle image velocimetry. The ADWT is used regularly by industry and government agencies.
The AAL is located on the North end of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The facility is on Kilgore Road between Portage Road and Sprinkle Road. For more information, please call the main office of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at (269) 276-3421.