The Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory

Brief Description

The Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory (AAL), located at the Kalamazoo International Airport, is operated by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Western Michigan University (WMU).  The laboratory houses the Advanced Design Wind Tunnel (ADWT), the Small Wind Tunnel (SWT), and the GM Wind Tunnel (to be set up) and a small turbine engine test cell.  The Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory conducts research in measurement techniques, and experimental and applied aerodynamics.  The lab has close collaborations with WMU's Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and other related departments at WMU. 

The selected topics include:

●  Pressure and Temperature Sensitive Paints (PSP & TSP) in Aerodynamics;

●  Fluid Flow and Optical Flow: General Framework for Global Flow Diagnostics;

●  Geometric and Kinematic Aspects of Image-Based Measurements;

●  Global Luminescent Oil-Film Skin Friction Meter;

●  Skin Friction Topology in Complex Separated Flows;

●  Extraction of Skin Friction Fields from Surface Flow Visualizations as an Inverse Problem;

●  Analytical and Numerical Inverse Methods for Determining Heat Flux in TSP Measurements in Hypersonic Wind Tunnels;

●  Videogrammetry and Vision for Aerospace Applications;

●  Airfoil/Wing Flow Control Using Trailing Edge Devices;

●  Aeroship: Hybrid Flight Platform for Personal, Near-Space and Planetary Flight;

●  Scaling Analysis of Propeller-Driven Mars Aircraft;

●  Flapping Flight: Scaling, Geometry, Kinematics, Aerodynamics, Design & Testing;

●  Wind Oscillator for Power Generation;

●  Fluid Mechanics of Deposition of Micron Droplets on Wall in Turbulent Flows;

Contact: Dr. Tianshu Liu, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, G-217, Parkview Campus, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA. 
E-mail:, Phone: 269-276-3426, Fax: 269-276-3421.


Testing Capabilities of The Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory

The Advanced Design Wind Tunnel

Small Wind Tunnel and Others

The GM Wind Tunnel (BRWT) (to be set up)

Image-based Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques

JR3 Balance for Ground Vehicle Testing

Measurement Uncertainty of Force Coefficient