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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests
16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

Aaron Blaser and Christian Morris, outside machinists, assist in the reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 11/21/2014

16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests
16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The Pitch Boom at the AEDC 16-foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) was recently reactivated. This model support system is used in conjunction with a roll mechanism to provide a combined pitch and roll movement. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 11/21/2014

Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force BaseDynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base
Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base

The dynamic PSP was used on the Lockheed Martin V7 model, a 1980s Advanced Tactical Fighter concept, to measure the acoustic pressure levels in the bay. This photo shows the illumination of the model by the purple LEDs.
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Posted: 11/5/2014

Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force BaseDynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base
Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base

The model glows bright red as a result of the fluorescent light emitted by the PSP.
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Posted: 11/5/2014

AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technologyAEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology
AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

The first image shows the global heating data acquired on the windward surface of the vehicle during a continuous pitch sweep with both inlets started. In the second image the color changes represent the global heating data acquired on the windward surface of the vehicle during a continuous pitch sweep with the starboard inlet unstarted.
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Posted: 8/25/2014

AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technologyAEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology
AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

The first image shows the global heating data acquired on the windward surface of the vehicle during a continuous pitch sweep with both inlets started. In the second image the color changes represent the global heating data acquired on the windward surface of the vehicle during a continuous pitch sweep with the starboard inlet unstarted.
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Posted: 8/25/2014

AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program
AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program

Test hardware for APTU’s venturi-tube in place calibrations included multiple critical flow venturis, flow straightening screens and thermocouple rake. The ducting shown in this photo was obtained at the research tunnel at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) and also installed in the APTU test cell.
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Posted: 8/25/2014

AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program
AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program

Coils, such as this, are an integral part of the new Heated Fuel System (HFS) in the Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU). The new HFS has been designed and built at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in support of the AFRL’s Medium Scale Critical Components (MSCC) program.
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Posted: 8/25/2014

AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program
AEDC’s APTU supports first direct-connect hypersonic engine test program

Test articles such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Falcon Combined Cycle Engine Test (FaCET) have been successfully ground tested in the Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU). However, modifications are now taking place at APTU in preparation for the first direct-connect tests of larger scale scramjet engines. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 8/25/2014

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A-10 "Warthog" testing in 16-T

A model of an A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as “The Warthog” due to its unique shape, recently underwent a pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) test in Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) 16-foot transonic wind tunnel. PSP was used to obtain surface pressure data on the model. The photo above shows a rear view of the A-10 model during testing in 16T. The A-10 is the only U.S. Air Force aircraft designed to be specifically used for close air support. The aircraft is notorious for its maneuverability at low speeds and low altitudes and its accurate weapons delivery.
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Posted: 7/18/2014

B61 undergoes testing in AEDC wind tunnelB61 undergoes testing in AEDC wind tunnel
B61 undergoes testing in AEDC wind tunnel

Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) engineers recently joined researchers with Sandia National Laboratories to perform a wind tunnel test on a full-scale mock-up B61. Pictured with the model is Gary Cunningham, an outside machinist for ATA. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 7/18/2014

VKF Modernization Program Team celebrates Zero Accident AwardVKF Modernization Program Team celebrates Zero Accident Award
VKF Modernization Program Team celebrates Zero Accident Award

Earlier this month, Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) team members of the AEDC von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility (VKF) Modernization Program celebrated with barbecue and all the trimmings. Team members were honored with a series of luncheons at the Carroll Engineering Analysis Facility, Model Shop and VKF in recognition of their receipt of the “Jacobs Zero Accident Award.” The award is presented annually by Jacobs, ATA’s managing partner, to projects whose teams have worked 250,000 consecutive hours without an injury of motor vehicle incident. Catherine Plunkett, Director, ATA Safety, Health and Environmental congratulated these winners for demonstrating real leadership towards world-class safety and validating the level of safety excellence that all of us can strive to achieve. Projects included in this achievement were the VKF Modernization Test Investment Planning and Programming (TIPP), Upgrade V-Plant Controls, Tunnels A,B and C (ABC) Modernization TIPP, ABC Data Acquisition System, ABC Operations Center, ABC Shadowgraph/Schlieren, and Tunnel A Nozzle and Diffuser Actuators and Controls. (Photo By Jacqueline Cowan)
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Posted: 3/24/2014

    

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