The Fluids, Turbulence Control & Renewable Energy Lab focuses on experimental fluid dynamics in both air and water flows. Key facilities in our lab includes the Boundary Layer and Subsonic Wind Tunnel (BLAST) with boundary layer flow test section of 2.8 m width x 2.1 m height x 30 m length, and subsonic test section of 1.8 m width x 2.1 m height x 4 m length and up to 50 m/s wind speed. More details and figures of BLAST can be found here. State-of-art time-resolved 3D particle image velocimetry (PIV) system is applied to measure the instantaneous flow features and structure dynamics.

BLAST and time-resolved PIV system:

Instantaneous flows in the wake of a wind turbine, captured by time-resolved PIV system