Wind Tunnel

Sediment Transport Wind Tunnel:

The Sediment Transport Wind Tunnel at UCLA is uniquely designed to study the interactions between wind planetary surfaces. Including a subsiding section to study how the geologic record forms, the wind tunnel’s accessories allow for the study of sediment transport, deposition, erosion, bedform formation, and much more. Ongoing projects focus on questions for both Earth and Mars. We strategically use a range of materials to study transport with the eventual goal of understanding wind-sand interactions in arbitrary fluid-gravity conditions. 

 

 

Building the tunnel – 2018-2019

Other tools – 3D printing

Aeolian geoscience focuses on understanding wind-surface interactions. With 3D printing, our lab studies those interactions with scale models, analog plants, and printed landscapes from Mars and other planets.