Wind Tunnel Test of Motors and Propellers at the University of Ottawa
Eric Lanteigne, associate professor at the University of Ottawa, and his students are preparing to test motors and propellers for their hybrid power plant airship project. Their goal is to characterize and measure thrust, torque, electrical power and mechanical power at various airspeeds. The actual tests will be performed in this wind tunnel:
The day we visited, they did some tests in a smaller wind tunnel to verify that their system is working as expected. They added a 3D printed extension to the RCbenchmark Series 1580 motor mount to recreate the airflow restrictions that will be seen on the airship:
They used a pitot tube to obtain an estimate of airflow:
The overall setup was very fast. They were ready to obtain results in less than 20 minutes:
We are looking forward to reading the results!