In the recent round of the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) Scheme, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has successfully secured Equipment Grant for study on Aerospace research.
The Research Grants Council (RGC) announced the funding results of 2014/15 in supporting 30 full proposals, including 12 Equipment Grant Proposals and 18 Group Research Grant Proposals. Proposal submitted by Prof. CY Wen on project “A Unique-Multipurpose Transonic-to-Hypersonic Ludwieg Tube Facility for Study of the High-Speed Aerodynamics” has granted with a total funding amount of HK$2,250,000.
In line with the recent great efforts to develop the aerospace and aviation industry in Hong Kong and China, the project aims at making a platform for carrying out research works on the high-speed aerodynamics in the aircraft configurations, gas turbine engines and the space vehicles by designing, building, and testing the first multi-purpose transonic-to-hypersonic Ludwieg tube facility in Hong Kong, with the instrumentation and flow visualization system for study of the high-speed aerodynamics.
The project has the intention for inter-disciplinary collaboration in the areas of aeronautical engineering, acoustics, gas dynamics and kinetics, mechanical engineering, Micro-Electrical-Mechanical-System (MEMS), and mathematics, and inter-institutional collaboration among PolyU, HKU, and HKUST. It is also part of the strong commitment of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in PolyU in developing the aeronautical researches.