Position Type:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research

Position Title:  Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location:  Bergeron Center or FMFC Research Laboratory

Professor: Ronald Hanson

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Contact for Professor (Email, phone): hansonre@yorku.ca

# of positions available: 1

Project Description:

Wind tunnels can be found in many different shapes and sizes.  However, the purpose is generally the same, to generate a controlled flow of air. The main components include  (a) Test section, (b) Settling chamber, (c) Contraction area, (d) Diffuser(s), (e) Blower/Fan, (f) Turning vanes, (g) flow conditioning, and (h) heat exchanger.  A major advantage of a closed-loop system is internal flow seeding for optical-based measurements.

The objective of this project is to design (and prepare to build) a custom closed-loop wind tunnel capable of speeds up to 50 m/s in a test section that is 0.9 x 0.7 m2, and 4 m in length.  This project necessitates the use of computational fluid dynamic simulations to research flow field produced in the contraction, diffusers and turning sections of the wind tunnel in order to ensure uniform and low turbulence flow.

This wind tunnel will be used for a variety of purposes focused on fundamental and applied aerodynamics testing.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

(a) Research various contraction shapes and profiles to obtain attached flow.

(b) Design the closed loop return system.

(c) Apply computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to for pressure drop and flow quality.

(d) Select an appropriate fan.

(e) Prepare a budget.

(f) Contact suppliers for materials quotes.

(g) Prepare a final report of the design

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience with Solidworks or other CAD packages
  • Mechanically oriented, i.e. ability to work in machine shop
  • 3D Printing/ Manufacturing skills
  • LE/MECH 3202 3.0 Fluid Dynamics / Heat and Flow Engineering Principles

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Student should be able to work within a team environment.
  • Student should be able to communicate challenges and express problems logically.


  • CFD software
  • Finite element software

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • LE/MECH 3202 3.0 Fluid Dynamics preferred or 2nd Year level Heat and Flow Engineering Principles to be considered

Stipend : TBD

Duration: 16 weeks minimum

Start Date:  05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date:  08/31/2018 (estimated)

Materials required for application: Statement of interest and resume/CV

If you are interested in this research project, please contact Ronald Handson at hansonre@yorku.ca