Examining potential reductions in wind tunnel testing requirements

Raymond R. Hill, Darryl K. Ahner, Douglas A. Dillard, Douglas C. Montgomery

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Wind tunnel test campaigns involve a large number of experimental data points, can take a long time to accomplish, and can consume tremendous resources. Design of experiments is a systematic approach to experimental design and analysis that has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of wind tunnel testing. We use a legacy wind tunnel test campaign and compare the resulting data from that campaign to data generated using smaller experimental design strategies. The comparison is accomplished using a Monte Carlo sampling methodology coupled with a statistical comparison of the estimated surfaces. Initial results from a 2-phase experiment suggest a tremendous opportunity to reduce wind tunnel test efforts without losing test information and provide suggestions on the types of designs to use to best realize the test matrix reductions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1363-1373
Number of pages11
JournalQuality and Reliability Engineering International
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • experimental design
  • response surface
  • testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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