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Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1949 Applied Research Laboratory State College State: PA Zip: 16801 Country: USA Website: Creator: U.S. Navy

The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel is a unique experimental facility for hydrodynamic research and testing. The 48-inch (1.2-meter) diameter water tunnel enables the research staff to conduct basic and applied investigations in the fields of cavitation, hydroacoustics, turbulence, transition, hydrodynamic drag, and hydraulic and subsonic turbomachinery. Instrumentation and testing methods have been developed to study noise, vibration, vehicle dynamics, and the interaction between the propulsor and vehicle body.

Image Credit: Courtesy WikiCommons/CyberXRef (CC BY-SA 3.0) Image Caption: Entrance to the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel Era_date_from: 1949
Eiffel Drop Test Machine and Wind Tunnel
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1900-1909 DateCreated: 1903, 1912 Auteuil Laboratory Paris State: Zip: 75016 Country: France Website: Creator: Eiffel, Gustave

Late in life, the renowned structural engineer Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) embarked on aeronautical research. Reliable data and repeatable research methods were rare in the early 1900s, but Eiffel brought an engineer's discipline to the field. In the process, he produced the most accurate aeronautical data of the time, confirmed a long-held theory about fluid flow that had never been unequivocally proven, and established a laboratory that became a model for future practice.

Image Credit: Image Caption: Floor plan of Eiffel's 1912 laboratory at Auteuil, Paris, with two open-return wind tunnels Era_date_from: 1903, 1912
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