|Wind tunnel tests are made to get reliable data for use in developing aircrafts, missiles and other objects that benefit from similar tests. The measured quantities from the models and wind tunnel instrumentation must be processed to obtain the qualitative engineering information.
STARCS generally uses three different acquisition systems; IDA, Zephyr and ESP, each adapted for different testing conditions. However, customization for specific need is frequent and can be offered for most kinds of testing.
All of the acquisition systems can stream data continuously to disc which makes it possible to have very long acquisition times. Hours long acquisition times is sometimes used in the compressor test facility. All of the acquisition systems can also present evaluated engineering data online. This is for example used to automatically control the corrected mass flow in real time during a wind tunnel intake test and it is used to monitor the test object in the compressor test facility including triggering alarm actions in case of test object failure.
The acquisition systems hardware can simply be expanded if needed. The software is very flexible and can easily be adopted to new needs.
In STARCS compressor test facility unsteady signals up to 100 kHz can be measured simultaneously and continuously.