fluids, structural mechanics & acoustcs research areas
With its excellent test facilities, ARL Penn State has traditionally focused on experimental fluid dynamics, where fundamental and exploratory research is conducted into the physical phenomena governing boundary layer flows, cavitation, flow control, and the hydrodynamics of marine vehicles. To enhance this research, ARL Penn State has developed unique state-of-the-art facilities, instrumentation, and a methodology for the experimental study of fluid dynamic phenomena.
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ARL's state-of-the-art facilities include:
The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel refers both to the name of the largest water tunnel and to the building that houses most of these test facilities. The tunnel was built in 1949 under provisions of the U.S. Navy and has served as a Naval hydrodynamics facility for torpedoes.
In conjunction with research in experimental fluid dynamics, ARL Penn State works to develop a technology base for the design and analysis of marine vehicles integrated with their control systems and propulsors. This technology is applied in the development and demonstration of advanced concepts, with a focus on propulsor and turbomachinery design. This design work concurrently incorporates technology developed in other research areas at ARL Penn State-namely, flow and structural acoustics, computational mechanics, materials science, and manufacturing science.