Definition of wind tunnel in English:

wind tunnel


  • 1A tunnel-like apparatus for producing an airstream of known velocity past models of aircraft, buildings, etc., in order to investigate flow or the effect of wind on the full-size object.

    • ‘The brothers fabricated their airframe and engine as well as the instruments they used to measure the craft's performance; they even made their own wind tunnel to test their wing and control techniques.’
    • ‘BAE Systems, with factories at Warton and Samlesbury, will work on aircraft structures and wind tunnel testing.’
    • ‘The first week of training - called ground week - sends them to Fort Bragg where they become familiar with freefall stabilization in a wind tunnel.’
    • ‘This sound mix is about as good as the transfer - there are a lot of instances where the dialogue, music, and effects sound as if they were recorded in a wind tunnel.’
    • ‘The teams use scale models and wind tunnel testing to hone their developments.’
    • ‘Hibbard listened to the young designer and sent Johnson and the model back to the wind tunnel for further testing.’
    • ‘To arrive at our final choice, several comparative types were tested in the Lockheed wind tunnel, including the so-called laminar flow sections.’
    • ‘Before conversion work began at the Intracom plant at Smolensk, a scale model was tested in a wind tunnel at the Zhukovsky Institute in Moscow.’
    • ‘Investments such as the wind tunnel, new headquarters and Dayton Thermal will help the company meet a growing demand for its products in North America, say executives.’
    • ‘The Wright brothers didn't just invent the airplane but they really also invented aeronautical engineering, and the wind tunnel and the airplane really are two halves of the invention.’
    • ‘It is being tested in a wind tunnel at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tenn.’
    • ‘To test any new designs, the brothers took another huge step past the competition: They created a wind tunnel.’
    • ‘Put that wing in a wind tunnel and measure the effect of various wind speeds and you have a simulation.’
    • ‘His interest in aeronautics now had a real chance to become a research topic with the construction at Göttingen of a wind tunnel for the Zeppelin airship company.’
    • ‘The wind tunnel was upgraded at a cost of $18 million and reopened in 1999.’
    • ‘So if you look behind the façade of the track performance at the moment we see a lot of improvement within the organisational team and use of the wind tunnel as an effective tool.’
    • ‘Donal triumphs where others have failed, the first man to withstand hurricane force winds of 136 mph in a wind tunnel, parachuting through freezing air in the Arctic and swimming beneath the ice.’
    • ‘During that time, he set up MIT's pioneer course in aeronautical engineering - and constructed the most advanced wind tunnel in America.’
    • ‘A former aircraft engineer, Sayer used the wind tunnel at RAF Farnborough to come up with a design that promised high-speed stability as well as low drag.’
    • ‘During those short nine months, numerous then-revolutionary testing methods - including a wind tunnel, and a full-size fuselage mock-up - were undertaken.’
    1. 1.1 An open space through which strong winds are channelled by surrounding tall buildings.
      • ‘It is treasured all the more because it was not built at public expense and it succeeds the much-despised wind tunnel that was Candlestick Park.’
      • ‘All of a sudden the bolt on the back door broke and it flew open, creating a kind of wind tunnel.’
      • ‘A key distinction is its east-west orientation that creates a wind tunnel effect, pulling heat from California's fertile Central Valley during the day and cool air from the Pacific Ocean at night.’
      • ‘The town's flat streets sit between two mountain ranges, and are battered by the wind tunnel they create.’


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