Honeycomb Core Panel in Wind Tunnel Testing

The Dabiri Lab at Stanford University had a need. Their wind tunnel required a flow straightener.http://dabirilab.com/ After conducting pointed research, Ian Brownstein M.S. Mechanical Engineering, found a product he believed would work and he contacted RhinoKore Composite Solutions with his request to utilize their honeycomb core panel.

Stanford University

“When we received the request from Stanford University regarding our RhinoKore S150 synthetic honeycomb my first thought was to clearly identify the customer’s needs and ensure they had indeed chosen an appropriate product,” stated Andrew Jess CEng, Product Development Specialist with RhinoKore. In the case of a wind tunnel flow straightener the S150 honeycomb core is the perfect solution due to its resistance to environmental degradation, therefore ensuring the honeycomb core will last the life of the wind tunnel. “After selecting a core that satisfied the customer’s requirements I continued to work with them providing solutions to reduce errant fibers and to select an appropriate adhesive to ensure a successful installation of the S150 honeycomb core in the wind tunnel.”

When Brownstein was asked to sum up his sentiments regarding working with RhinoKore, he had this to say. “I have greatly enjoyed my experience working with RhinoKore. They were the most responsive and helpful supplier with a product which was exactly what we wanted for our application,” Brownstein added, “The product was also cut the same day we placed the order which helped us keep to our time tables in the lab when other suppliers were giving us 3 – 4 week lead times, and the part fit perfectly in our wind tunnel without any modification.”

While most of the product manufactured by RhinoKore is shipped as foam injected honeycomb panels, providing structural integrity as well as many other benefits, this wind tunnel application was an innovative solution utilizing the honeycomb core without foam.