Unique Sensors Will Improve Aerodynamic Design, Aircraft Performance (Technology.org)

Unique Sensors Will Improve Aerodynamic Design, Aircraft Performance

Even after almost 150 years of wind tunnel testing, no commercial product had ever been able to directly measure the localized force that passing air exerts on the surface of a vehicle model—until now. Known in the industry as wall shear stress, or skin friction, the force is a major factor in a vehicle’s drag, affecting its fuel efficiency and aerodynamic performance.

Thanks to two decades of research and engineering, UF startup Interdisciplinary Consulting Corporation (IC2), a technology-development company commercializing miniaturized instrumentation that monitors the health of aerospace propulsion systems and enables reduced aircraft noise and improved fuel efficiency, now has sensors that introduce the unprecedented capability to sense these forces directly.

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