From initial concept to first operation, AEROLAB prepares wind tunnels and related equipment with precision.
Our Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and optimization technology ensures exceptional quality. Learn how we can meet your needs for
- Design & Analysis: A full range of configurations, sizes and features
- Fabrication: A 13,000 square-foot facility with the latest technology
- Installation: Relocation, refurbishment and upgrade of wind tunnels and ancillary devices
Design & Analysis
For more than 60 years, AEROLAB has specialized in the design and analysis of the full range of wind tunnel configurations:
- Low speed wind tunnels (Eiffel, blowdown, and closed circuit)
- Vertical wind tunnels
- Transonic wind tunnels
- Supersonic wind tunnels
Our portfolio includes these and other successful designs:
- A wide range of sizes: Test section cross sections of a few inches in width to 14 feet wide.
- Unconventional configurations or unconventional features:
Expanding corner vanes and contractions and diffusers that transition cross sectional shape along their length
CFD and Optimization Technology
Our current designs are based on proven design principles and refined using the current state-of-the-art design and analysis resources, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and optimization technology. AEROLAB utilizes these tools to do the following:
- Maximize test section flow quality
- Minimize flow non-uniformities
- Accurately predict power requirements
- Optimize circuit layout and sizing
Our CFD practices include both steady-state and transient analysis, allowing us to properly model the physics associated with different system configurations. Our CFD team has a proven track record in closely replicating experimental test results for a wide range of applications.
Our optimization technology maximizes value through extensive automation of the design process. Designs are incrementally modified algorithmically until specific design requirements are met within the established design constraints. With this technology, our team improves the performance and efficiency of critical wind tunnel components, including the following:
- Turning vanes
- Contraction nozzles
- Transition ducts (e.g., round to square)
We work closely with you to tailor our designs and drive optimization goals and constraints to the unique sensitivities specific to each wind tunnel configuration such as these:
- Test section configuration and size
- Flow quality requirements
- Space availability
- Power availability
Please contact us for a free design and analysis quote.
If you need to move or upgrade your equipment, AEROLAB’s extensive installation experience covers you.
At AEROLAB, every relocation project begins with a carefully considered plan. We care for your equipment and work closely with shippers to ensure smooth, safe and timely delivery. Upon delivery, AEROLAB is on site to oversee and manage installation and assembly by qualified, insured riggers.
If your lab facilities are relocated and you must move your devices, know that AEROLAB projects are designed and manufactured to last. We can handle your entire move, including shipping, rigging and necessary fabrication to ensure proper function. Contact us for a free quote.
Refurbishment / Upgrade
If your wind tunnel, regardless of manufacturer, has been unused for an extended period of time and/or damaged, we can completely refurbish it in most cases.
In many cases, we also can upgrade the ancillary devices for improved functionality, accuracy, repeatability, efficiency and convenience. Contact AEROLAB for a free quote.
AEROLAB built its 13,000 square-foot facility in 1960 and has updated it with the latest technology ever since. As a result, we can offer you in-house machining, fabricating, welding and painting, finishing, electronics and design.
Working from SolidWorks 3-D models and drawings, our in-house capabilities include the following:
- CNC machining
- Lathe work
- MIG, TIG and stick welding
- Soldering and brazing
- Bending, forming and cutting
- Drilling, reaming, tapping and threading
- Finishing, painting
- Testing and calibration
For projects too large for our facility, we commission a local fabrication shop that works to our exact specifications. AEROLAB regularly monitors and oversees progress to ensure close tolerances and quality.
Our business offices are on-site as well, so we can easily discuss any aspect of your project with you at any time. Please contact AEROLAB for a free quote.