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Propeller
Wind Tunnel
Testing

Gather propeller and wind speed data simultaneously

Propeller Wind Tunnel Testing

Our propeller test stands measure thrust, propeller efficiency, vibration and more - key data for comparing different propellers and layouts.

Our propeller test stands measure thrust, propeller efficiency, vibration and more - key data for comparing different propellers and layouts.
propeller wind tunnel test stand

What Kinds of Propeller Tests Can I Perform?

Propeller vibration test - evaluate propeller stability with measured data and visual cues

Compare the efficiency of different propellers - observe how pitch, blade shape, diameter and material affect propeller efficiency

Noise level testing - study the quantity and nature of noise produced by propellers

Propeller static thrust test - study your propellers' performance while stationary

Compare angles of attack - see how propulsion performance changes with different attack angles

Fatigue testing - demonstrate the safety of a propulsion system that is under cyclic loads

Why Perform Propeller Wind Tunnel Testing

• Practice and evaluate the effects of changes in pitch

• Design more efficient propellers and propeller configurations

• Optimize your design for flight over inhabited areas

• Test your system in realistic flight conditions

• Predict the flight behaviour of propellers

Why to Perform Propeller Wind Tunnel Testing
How to Perform a Propeller Wind Tunnel Test

How to Perform a Propeller Wind Tunnel Test

1. Install your test stand in a wind tunnel and connect the motor and propeller

2. Connect the test stand with the software on your computer

3. Design a manual or automated testing protocol with predetermined throttle operating points

4. Use smoke or wind visualization technology to see the wind flow as it passes through the propeller

5. Export your propulsion data to a .CSV file for further analysis

6. Included in the data is information on thrust and propeller efficiency, which can help you choose the best propeller for your application

How to Perform Wind Tunnel Propeller Testing

Watch as we test propellers in the wind tunnel at the University of Ottawa.

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