A recent grant from the EPSRC is allowing the Engineering Sciences department to invest in its hypersonic capabilities at the Osney Laboratory.

The grant is part of the national wind tunnel facility project, announced earlier this year. The image shows the T3 high enthalpy free-piston driver, weighing 13 tonne, being installed in the lab.

This was designed by Ray Stalker whilst at ANU, who developed the free-piston driver technique for hypersonic wind tunnels.

The T3 driver is being combined with the Oxford gun tunnel to develop one of Europe’s highest enthalpy hypersonic wind tunnel facilities. The Oxford work is being led by Prof Matthew McGilvray in collaboration with Prof. Peter Ireland. Technical support on the project is also coming from Oxford Alumni (St Catz), Prof Richard Morgan, who is currently the Director of Hypersonics at the University of Queensland.