Wind Load Test Facility
The Clemson University boundary layer wind tunnel is a mid-scale boundary layer wind tunnel. The test section is 3 m wide and 2.4 m high with a 2.7 m diameter turntable. The tunnel has 20 m of fetch with adjustable surface roughness. The air flow is driven by two 1.5 m diameter fans with adjustable blade angle and rotational speed. The wind tunnel is capable of achieving sustained winds speeds of up to 16 m/s. The fan speed, turntable, and data collection is all controlled remotely from the facilities control room.
The facility has a broad range of instrumentation including
- A 512 channel Scanivalve system for measuring pressure distributions over building surfaces
- 2 Cobra probes for measuring the mean flow and turbulence characteristics of the flow in three dimensions
- Irwin probes for measuring surface shear stress and pedestrian level wind speeds
- load cells for measuring base force and moments of structures
- A three dimensional instrument traverse
- A debris cannon for impact testing
The facility is housed in its own building that also includes office space, a control room, a workshop for model construction, a meeting room, and library.
Meeting room and library
Built Environment Laboratory (BEL)
The Built Environment Laboratory (BEL) is a shared facility between the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, the School of Architecture, and the Wood Utilization + Design Institute. BEL includes a 6000 sf high bay area devoted to structural testing and a 6000 sf low bay area devoted to component fabrication and studio learning. Officially opened in 2019, BEL provides a “collision space” for students and faculty who study diverse aspects of the built environment.