Accession Number : ADA313084

Title :   National Wind Tunnel Complex (NWTC) Final Report.

Descriptive Note : Final contractor rept.

Corporate Author : BOEING CO SEATTLE WA

PDF Url : ADA313084

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : The National Wind Tunnel Complex (NWTC) Final Report summarizes the work carried out by a unique Government/Industry partnership during the period of June 1994 through May 1996 The objective of this partnership was to plan. design. build and activate 'world class' wind tunnel facilities for the development of future-generation commercial and military aircraft. The basis of this effort was a set of performance goals defined by the National Facilities Study (NFS) Task Group on Aeronautical Research and Development Facilities which established two critical measures of improved wind tunnel performance; namely, higher Reynolds number capability and greater productivity. Initial activities focused upon two high-performance tunnels (low-speed and transonic). This effort was later descoped to a single multipurpose tunnel. Beginning in June 1994, the NWTC Project Office defined specific performance requirements. planned site evaluation activities. performed a series of technical/cost trade studies. and completed preliminary engineering to support a proposed conceptual design. Due to budget uncertainties within the Federal government. the NWTC project office was directed to conduct an orderly closure following the Systems Design Review in March 1996. This report provides a top-level status of the project at that time. Additional details of all work performed have been archived and are available for future reference.

Descriptors :   *SITES, *AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING, *WIND TUNNELS, TEST AND EVALUATION, REQUIREMENTS, INDUSTRIES, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, COST ANALYSIS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), REPORTS, PRODUCTIVITY, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, REYNOLDS NUMBER, MULTIPURPOSE.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE