Supersonic Wind Tunnel
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is responsible for the United States’ space program as well as aeronautics and space research. Established in 1958, NASA has led most US space exploration efforts. Their science is focused on better understanding the Earth, advancing heliphysics, researching astrophysics, and associated programs.
As currently configured, the Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel at Glenn Research Center often needs supplemental power from temporary portable systems. They needed an additional 2.5 MW of power, rendering remote siting of temporary generators along with temporary cables and conduits costly and burdensome.
Our team provided a thorough analysis of the distribution system and identified alternatives to bolster the electrical capacity of the facility, alleviating the need for temporary generators and distribution systems. We also developed concept designs for the preferred solution, which will support the wide array of NASA’s test programs.
The recommended option included the addition of two new outdoor secondary unit substations at strategically place locations that will continue to support new NASA test programs for the foreseeable future.