WIND TUNNEL MODELS AND HARDWARE
TRI MODELS has an enviable history of supporting the aerospace community since the 1970s. As technology has evolved from the early Mercury rockets to the space shuttle, or from the DC-9 to the new 787, we have been there. TRI MODELS has been extensively supporting the recent surge in development of Very Light/Light jets and small business aircraft for more than a half dozen customers.
Wind tunnel models continue to be an integral part of the development program for all manufacturers. This has been the focus of TRI MODELS since our inception and will continue to be the core of our business.
The quality of our designs and our products directly affect the quality of data taken in the wind tunnel and has major ramifications to the development of your vehicle. TRI MODELS understands this responsibility and is fully invested in ensuring that all models enable our customers to obtain the highest quality data at an affordable price.
Our history of model making covers all possible realms. Our models come in all sizes – from small hypersonic models that can fit in the palm of your hand, to full-scale missiles and even 30-foot long Reflection Plane ½ Models. No project is too big or too small.
Due to changes in FAA Icing Certification requirements, TRI MODELS has developed a unique recent history of designing and building Icing Certification models for aircraft including the Boeing 787, 747 and P-8A, the Embraer ERJ 170/190 & C390, the Joint Strike Fighter and others. These models are built to full production specifications and materials to properly simulate the icing characteristics of the wing or empennage surfaces and the deicing performance of the systems.
We design and build models of all types, including:
- * Basic Force & Moment models
- * Pressure Integration
- * Propulsion Integration
- * Jet Effects/STOVL Powered Lift
- * Cryogenic
- * Forebody/Inlet Integration
- * Hot Gas Ingestion
- * Aerodynamic Loads
- * Icing Certification
- * Radio Cross Section (RCS)
- * And even hot-firing engine models for Free Jet testing
Our models can include multiple remotely driven surfaces, pressure taps, water cooling, hot JP 7 fuel, accelerometers, thermocouples, dynamic pressure transducers and strain gauges. Aerodynamic surfaces can be designed, built, gauged and calibrated to obtain forces and moments in multiple axes simultaneously. Common uses are 3-component missile tail fins or canards, hinge moments on ailerons and elevators, as well as 5-components on flap and slat systems.
We also provide ground test hardware, such as Test Rigs for the 787 Main and Nose Landing Gear and the 747-8 Rudder. Other types of hardware include functioning engine test rigs (such as a Pulse Detonation Engine & Freejet Heat Sink), and even flight test hardware.