High Speed Wind Tunnels

Mach 3.5 Supersonic Wind Tunnel S-4

S-4The Mach 3.5 blow-down wind tunnel S-4 has an 8 cm x 10 cm test section.  Air is supplied at stagnation pressures from 3 to 18 bar and a supersonic ejector can be used to decrease the exhaust pressure downstream of a variable geometry diffuser.  A typical unit Reynolds number for the S-4 is 5 x 107/m.

Depending on the stagnation pressure, the facility can achieve test times from 8 to 25 minutes. Model incidence can be adjusted in the range -10° to +10°, and models can be injected
rapidly into the air-stream when required.


The tunnel is equipped with shadow and schlieren systems.  Instrumentation includes scani-valves for pressure measurements and three-component strain gauge balances.

Schema S-4