The effect of the walls in closed type wind tunnels

Higgins, George J

A series of tests has been conducted during the period 1925-1927 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in the variable-density wind tunnel on several airfoil models of different sizes and sections to determine the effect of tunnel-wall interference and to determine a correction which can be applied to reduce the error caused thereby. The use of several empirical corrections was attempted with little success. The Prandtl theoretical corrections give the best results, and their use is recommended for correcting closed wind tunnel results to the conditions of free air. An appendix is attached wherein the experimentally determined effect of the walls on the tunnel velocity very close to their surface is given. This is of special interest because a "scale effect" was found in the boundary layer with a change in the density of the tunnel air.

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