Use of water towing tanks for aerodynamics and hydrodynamicsWind tunnels and flumes have become standard laboratory tools for modeling a variety of aerodynamic and hydrodynamic flow problems. Less available, although by no means less useful, are facilities in which a model can be towed (or propelled) through air or water. This article emphasizes the use of the water towing tank as an experimental tool for aerodynamic and hydrodynamic studies. Its advantages and disadvantages over other flow rigs are discussed, and its usefullness is illustrated through many examples of research results obtained over the past few years in a typical towing tank facility.
Gadelhak, Mohamed (Notre Dame Univ. IN, United States)
September 5, 2013
June 1, 1987
Publication: AGARD, Aerodynamic and Related Hydrodynamic Studies Using Water Facilities