Turbulence and Energy Laboratory

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
What the facility does

Investigates flow turbulence at a fundamental level and aims to harness this energy into engineering advantages

Area(s) of Expertise
  • The Turbulence and Energy Laboratory is a catalyst, forging young minds into knowledgeable and responsible leaders via practical and/or curiosity-driven engineering challenges.  
  • Investigates flow turbulence at a fundamental level and aims to harness this energy into engineering advantages.
  • Focuses on flow turbulence in engineering systems such as wind turbines, underwater accumulators, burners, furnaces, engines and solar panels.
  • Designs energy applications with an intent to escalate conventional, current, and future energy technologies through advanced thermo-fluids analyses.
  • Studies the heat recovery application in various power cycles, flow-induced vibration of flexible circular cylinder, and hydrodynamics of compressed air in underwater energy storage.
Research Services

Possesses a four-cylinder double-acting Stirling engine with rated power of 1 kW at 1500 RPM and an external combustion heat engine to convert any conventional or renewable energy. Equipped with a high-quality closed-loop wind tunnel which can provide speeds up to 36 m/s.

Sectors of Application
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)

Equipment

Function

Closed-Loop Wind Tunnel

Up to 30 m/s; 0.4% background turbulence; 1.8 m long, 76 cm square cross-section

Dantec StreamLine 55C90 constant-temperature anemometer

Triple hot-wire; 12-bit data acquisition

Convection Heat Transfer Test Section

Constant base temperature polytetrafluoroethylene plate; FLIR thermal camera

Stirling Engine – 12V DC WhisperGen MicroCHP

1 kW power + 8 kW thermal; 4-cylinder alpha double acting Stirling cycle engine

High-Speed Camera – NAC HotShot CC (Compact Camera)

Flow visualization; Vibration /Oscillation measurements

Force/Torque Transducers – ATI Gamma 6-component

Dynamic force and torque measurements; -65 to 65 N with 0.0125 N resolution, -32 to 32 N with 0.00625 N resolution; 2.5 N-m with 0.0005 N-m resolution

  • MITACS
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
  • Essex Energy
  • Hydrostor
  • GeoSource Energy
  • Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)
  • Union Water