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Wind Tunnels and CFD

Posted April 9, 2009 at 09:41 by gocarts
Updated April 9, 2009 at 09:43 by gocarts (Embedded image)

To many observers the rivalry between wind tunnels and CFD is a zero-sum game - as CFD matures it simply replaces wind tunnels. However, this is far from the truth. Often you'll find wind tunnels and CFD used together in a symbiotic process where one technique fills in knowledge gaps left by the other.

Boeing F/A-18 Hornet Wind Tunnel Model

For example, as well as having the latest CFD software running on some of the world's most powerful computers, most Formula 1 (F1) teams also either have their own, or have access to, state-of-the-art wind tunnels. The same is true of NASA and most large aerospace companies, such as Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. In most cases the wind tunnels are kept busy round the clock - clearly no sign here that CFD has displaced wind tunnels.

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