Deutsche WindGuard Produces Unique Wind Tunnel for PTB

Deutsche WindGuard has produced a unique wind tunnel for the national metrology institute of Germany (PTB).

The wind tunnel will be used to calibrate a LiDAR-System newly developed by PTB. The LiDAR has a high spatial and temporal resolution. It will be used by PTB as a traceable reference standard to calibrate other remote sensing devices, such as LiDARs and SoDARs, in the future.

The wind tunnel is erected on a platform at a height of 8m in PTB’s newly finished ‘Competence Center Wind’. The PTB-LiDAR-System will be positioned below the platform so it can be calibrated in the test section of the wind tunnel. As a result, it can be validated as a reference standard. This principle is worldwide unique.

As of now, the method for traceable calibration of wind remote sensing devices is to place the sensors next to a met mast with calibrated anemometers for a specified amount of time. This leads to higher measurement uncertainties.

PTB Working Group Fluid Flow Measuring Techniques head  Dr Harald Müller said: “Constructional limits, as well as our high expectations/sophisticated requirements with regards to flow quality, required the design and construction of a new, special wind tunnel.

“We chose to work with Deutsche WindGuard because this way we could access their valuable experience from the development and design of several wind tunnels with excellent flow quality.”

Deutsche WindGuard Wind Tunnel Services GmbH wind tunnel managing director and developer Dieter Westermann stated: “The special feature of this wind tunnel is that the LiDAR can be positioned below the test section.

“The distance to the test section is enough to calibrate the PTB-LiDAR against a LDA used as reference standard, which is placed in the wind tunnel.”

Technical data for the WindGuard wind tunnel:

  • Contraction ratio of 1:5.7
  • Settling chamber with screens and seven honeycomb panels
  • Turbulence intensity (15 m/s) = 0.1 %
  • Maximum velocity: 28 m/s

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