In what may be one of the last opportunities to visit MIT's iconic 79-year-old Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel while it's running, the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and the MIT Activities Committee invite the MIT community to the WBWT Open House, Thursday, November 16, 2017, from noon until 1:30 pm. On November 13, the Institute announced that over the coming months the tunnel will be retired and replaced with a new, cutting-edge Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.
During the Open House, the tunnel will be in operation so visitors can experience first-hand the air current as it flows through the test section. The event is open to all current and retired MIT staff, students, faculty, and alumni. Visitors will be presented with a certificate proclaiming them an "Official MIT Wind Tunnel Distinguished Model Subject."
Since 1938, MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel has played a major role in the development of aerospace, civil engineering and architectural systems. In recent years, faculty research interests generated long-range studies of unsteady airfoil flow fields, jet engine inlet-vortex behavior, aeroelastic tests of unducted propeller fans, and panel methods for tunnel wall interaction effects. Industrial testing has included helicopter antenna pods, and in-flight trailing cables, stationary and vehicle mounted ground antenna configurations, the aeroelastic dynamics of airport control tower configurations, Olympic ski gear, space suits, racing bicycles, subway station entrances, and Olympic rowing shells, and power-generating wind turbines.
For more information on the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, visit aeroastro.mit.edu/wbwt