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UAH building $2 million wind tunnel

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will soon be home to a new $2 million wind tunnel system championed by the university’s eminent scholar in propulsion, Phillip Ligrani.

Ligrani’s TranSonic/SuperSonic/WindTunnel, or TS/SS/WT, is under construction in the Air Breathing Test Cell at UAH’s Johnson Research Center. The facility’s test sections will be capable of reaching speeds and air velocities ranging from Mach 1.6 with an airspeed of approximately 1,230 miles per hour to Mach 3 with an airspeed of about 2,300 mph.

“That gives us the conditions needed for testing,” said Ligrani, the project’s principal investigator and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UAH.

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