Compact and Adaptive Wind Tunnel

The invention describes a three-dimensional adaptive wind tunnel capable of generating complex, unsteady flow fields in a relatively compact physical domain. Wind fields are created by multiple, independently controllable vents located around the periphery of the semi-enclosed facility. The wind tunnel is adaptive, in that the flow fields may be dynamically altered via a feedback control system.

The invention has the following applications:
1. Automotive and aeronautical design and prototyping.
2. Sport cycling and other training and research.
3. Scaled atmospheric testing and research involving fluid dynamical phenomenon.

Stage of Development
Patentability opinion is being considered at this time. This technology is part of an active and ongoing research program. It is in the conceptual design stage and is seeking partners for development to the next stage. It is available for developmental research support/licensing under either exclusive or non-exclusive terms.

Additional Info

Inventor(s): Richard Kirkman, Meredith Metzger

Type of Offer: Licensing

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