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Old 11-13-2017, 07:36 PM   #1
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MIT New Wind Tunnel

MIT to construct new, cutting-edge Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel
Largest, most advanced U.S. academic tunnel will replace 79-year-old facility; Boeing is project’s lead donor with philanthropic commitment.


http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-constru...nd-tunnel-1113


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MIT has announced it will replace its venerable 79-year-old Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel with a new facility that will be the largest and most advanced academic wind tunnel in the United States.

To facilitate construction of the new tunnel and ongoing operations, Boeing has made a funding pledge to become the $18-million-project’s lead donor. Boeing’s gift reflects a century-long relationship between the company and MIT that helped ignite the global aerospace industry, and it confirms a commitment to research and development that will fuel future innovation.
Like its predecessor, the new tunnel will be operated by the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and it will retain the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel name.

The new tunnel will:

-permit increased test speeds, from the current 150 miles per hour to 200 miles per hour;

-greatly improve research data acquisition;

-halve the power requirements of the original 2,000 horsepower fan motor;
increase test section volume from 850 cubic feet to 1,600 cubic feet, and test section area from 57 square feet to 80 square feet;

-improve ability to test autonomous vehicles (“drones”) and aerodynamic components including wings, bodies, and wind turbines; and
enable new MIT classes in advanced aerodynamics and fluid mechanics.

The new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel will be situated in the same location as its predecessor. Building 17, which is located to the right of the tunnel and contains its controls, will have a new structure added to the rear for an elevator and access bridge to AeroAstro’s Neumann Hangar.

More in the article. Architect seems to be Imai Keller Moore Architects.

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Old 11-14-2017, 06:38 AM   #2
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Re: MIT New Wind Tunnel

^ this whole alleyway running from Bldg. 9 to MIT.nano is being revitalized (also, btw, is getting new pavement and landscaping/hardscaping...it had been a concrete abyss for 80+ years). It had gotten quite run down up until now. Now they're doing serious refurb to all of these key (and historically relevant labs). Very nice.

We've been inconsistent about which of these projects get their own thread on aB. The Bldg 31 job was quite extensive and didn't have a thread (not saying we needed one). I dunno, I guess it's hard to decide and maybe not everyone on aB is interested...

But for those who are, it's an exciting set of projects.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:10 AM   #3
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Re: MIT New Wind Tunnel

MIT could just use the existing wind tunnel at the corner of Broadway and 3rd street.
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