Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems significantly invests in state-of-the-art air data aerodynamic and icing wind tunnel systems for aircraft icing environmental simulation. We operate three wind tunnels for aerodynamic performance testing of air data probes. One of the tunnels is capable of being operated as an icing tunnel to determine anti-/de-icing performance of air data probes and ice detection performance for ice and icing conditions detectors.
The icing wind tunnel is unique in the industry due to its capability of icing at speeds up to 430 knots and temperatures as low as -35°C. In addition, the tunnel is capable of simulating super-cooled liquid droplets, ice crystals or a mixture of both. Tests include development and qualification tests for all air data and ice detection probes.
The three aerodynamic wind tunnels complement each other with unique capabilities, including larger test articles in the low speed tunnel 20” X 20” test section, high speed in the Transonic Wind Tunnel up to Mach 1.6 or altitude in the Vertical Wind Tunnel up to 35,000 feet. Tests include calibration and acceptance testing of air data probes.
Our wind tunnels are staffed by a team of aerodynamic/icing experts with more than 150 years of combined experience in the industry. The team routinely assists engineers in aerodynamic/icing probe design, preparing appropriate test procedures and analyzing test results to assure the strictest OEM and certification authority standards are met.
With a strong focus on accurate wind tunnel simulation and testing, we continue to set the industry standard for performance and safety.