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Development of a smoke visualisation system for wind tunnel laboratory experiments

Trinder, Martin; Jabbal, Mark


Martin Trinder

Mark Jabbal


The design, build and test of a smoke visualisation system for a vertical wind tunnel at Brunel University are described. The smoke visualisation system utilised a fog machine for smoke generation and required the design and manufacture of a smoke rake to produce smoke lines inside the wind tunnel test section. The application of these smoke lines over several test objects, including wing sections and bluff body shapes, demonstrated the functionality of the smoke system in producing high-quality visualisations. The facility has proven to be an economic addition in supporting other research projects and is anticipated to be a valuable ‘hands on’ addition to existing aerospace laboratory teaching.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Journal International Journal of Mechanial Engineering Education
Print ISSN 0306-4190
Electronic ISSN 2050-4586
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 1
Institution Citation Trinder, M., & Jabbal, M. (2013). Development of a smoke visualisation system for wind tunnel laboratory experiments. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 41(1), doi:10.7227/IJMEE.41.1.5
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