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Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel (SWT) (10×10) Data Acquisition

Researcher checks the configuration of the Mach 5 inlet mounted in the 10x10 Supersonic Wind Tunnel.
Researcher checks the configuration of the Mach 5 inlet mounted in the 10×10 Supersonic Wind Tunnel.

Quick Facts
Data Acquisition

  • Steady State Acquisition
    Escort, the steady state data acquisition system, uses an Alpha microprocessor to provide: Salient characteristics specific to the 10×10 SWT data acquisition system are: Escort pressure data is acquired through Electronically Scanned Pressure (ESP) scanners. The baseline system consists of 32 port, rack mounted scanners with ranges from +/-15 PSID to +/-30 PSID, located outside the test section. These scanners are maintained at a constant temperature to extend calibrations intervals up to two hours. Digital Temperature Compensated (DTC) 32 port miniature scanners are also available for use within models.

    Overall accuracies of +/-0.05% of range are achieved and confirmed with a “check pressure” that is applied to the first port of every scanner. This “check pressure” is also measured by a highly accurate, independent transducer to alarm any deviations with the pressure scanners.

    Typically, 384 to 512 pressure ports are utilized per test. For most tunnel conditions, +/-15 Psid scanners are sufficient to cover the entire pressure range. For some conditions, +/-30 Psid scanners are needed for measuring total pressures. System expansion to 1024 pressures is available upon request.

    • X-Windows based displays
    • Real time acquisition and display of engineering unit converted data as well as the resultant calculations
    • Computed performance calculations, which can be displayed in a variety of tabular and graphical formats
      • Custom tabular display pages
      • Scrolling plots
      • X-Y plots
      • Bargraph plots
      • Contour plots
      • Growing plots
    • Selectable limit checking with inverse video and alarming
    • 1 second update rate
    • Custom, application-specific features are available upon request.
    • Analog data acquisition with the following accuracies
      • Neff 600 is +/- 0.02% of range + 2µv (192 channels)
      • Neff 400 is +/- 0.05% of range (64 channels)
    • Up to 256 Escort Neff channels
    • Type K thermocouples (72 Upper Strut, 48 Lower Strut)
    • Type J thermocouples (24 Upper or Lower Strut)
    • Type T thermocouples (24 Upper or Lower Strut)
    • Type R thermocouples (24 Upper Strut)
    • Off-site access to data
    • Other configurations and system expansion are available upon request.
  • Transient Data Acquisition
    The Dewetron transient data system provides multi-channel high speed digitized acquisition of rapidly changing cyclic or non-periodic impulse type events. The system consists of:
    • 63 channels (expandable upon request) with 24 bit sigma-delta A/Ds per channel
    • Data rates from 1000 to 200,000 samples/ second
    • Real time displays
      • Tabular (Actual, Average, AC RMS, Pk-Pk, Min, Max )
      • Scope
      • FFT, PSD
      • Strip Chart
      • Others
    • Near real-time data transfer to customers in standard or custom formats
    • Multiple, independent display capability
    • Derived “math” channels can be calculated, displayed and stored along with analog data
    • The DeweSoft software can be loaded onto a customer’s Windows machine at no cost to be utilized for quick data analysis
  • Flow Visualization
    • Pressure sensitive paint
    • Both conventional and focused Schlieren systems
    • Sheet laser
    • Oil flow visualization
    • High speed video – up to 1000 full screen frames/s
    • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Test Article Controls
    • Digital model control system with graphical interface
    • Automated test article sequencing system
  • Remote Access Control Room
    • Real-time remote access to all data
    • Secure network connections provided

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Last Updated
Jul 20, 2023
Lillian Gipson