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The NSF EPSCoR RII award (2007-2011) provided partial funding for the creation of the largest wind tunnel in the world—an experimental facility for development and testing of sensing, prediction, actuation and control technologies.
This wind tunnel, measuring 73 meters in length, generates high Reynolds number boundary layer turbulence of interest in aerodynamics research and atmospheric and marine research in both the military and civilian scientific communities.
Many important processes and devices operate in Reynolds number regimes currently inaccessible for controlled study. These include atmospheric surface layer phenomena, benthic processes and the flow over “big ticket” items such as aircraft and submarines. Anticipated applications of this wind tunnel’s capabilities include global climate change, energy, defense, and propulsion technologies.