A wind tunnel is an experimental tool for the
study of wind and its effects on both structures and the environment.
The CLP Power Wind/Wave Tunnel Facility has a state-of-the-art
subsonic boundary layer wind tunnel with two parallel wind tunnel
test sections (high-speed and large cross-section) for civil/structural
engineering and environmental engineering applications.
Both test sections can also be used for smooth
flow and low turbulence applications, such as the aerodynamic testing of bridges,
cables and aerofoils.
In its basic configuration, the wind tunnel forms
a closed-loop for enhanced efficiency. For gas dispersion studies,
the wind tunnel can be converted to from closed-loop to open-circuit
by virtue of purge doors in the return leg connecting the low and
high speed sections.