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The Icing Research Tunnel at NASA Glenn has been in operation since the end of World War II.


Ice accretion on airfoil installed in the Icing Research Tunnel C97-1178: IRT calibration grid being adjusted by a technician
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Frame from the IRT video  Icing Research Tunnel Video
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C2013-2070: Cleveland Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, tours the Icing Research Tunnel  C2013-2070
Cleveland Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, tours the Icing Research Tunnel
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C2013-1427: Test setup in the Icing Research Tunnel  C2013-1427
Test setup in the Icing Research Tunnel
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C2012-5573: Ice Roughness Testing Documentation  C2012-5573
Ice Roughness Testing Documentation
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C2011-3447: Newly Installed Heat Exchanger  C2011-3447
Newly Installed Heat Exchanger.
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C2010-3579: General Electric Next Generation Turbofan, GEnx Inlet Splitter Booster Test  C2010-3579
General Electric Next Generation Turbofan, GEnx Inlet Splitter Booster Test.
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C2010-2772: General Electric Aviation - Engine Splitter Booster Model  C2010-2772
General Electric Aviation - Engine Splitter Booster Model in the Icing Research Tunnel.
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C2009-3563: Visit to Glenn Research Center Lewis Field by the Great Grand Niece of the Wright Brothers  C2009-3563
Visit to Glenn Research Center Lewis Field by the Great Grand Niece of the Wright Brothers.
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C2008-4282: Wichita University - IMS - Sprint 727 Inlet - Electro-Expulsive De-Icing System Test (EEDS)  C2008-4282
Wichita University - IMS - Sprint 727 Inlet - Electro-Expulsive De-Icing System Test (EEDS)
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C2008-1526: Cessna Tail Wing Section being tested in the Icing Research Tunnel (IRT)  C2008-1526
Cessna Tail Wing Section being tested in the Icing Research Tunnel (IRT).
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C2008-714: General Atomics - Predator B Wing Section - Leading edge de-icing evaluation  C2008-714
General Atomics - Predator B Wing Section - Leading edge de-icing evaluation.
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C2008-601: S-3 Viking one-third scale wing section in the IRT  C2008-601
S-3 Viking one-third scale wing section in the IRT.
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C2008-521: General Atomics - Predator B Model mounted in the IRT test section  C2008-521
General Atomics - Predator B Model mounted in the IRT test section.
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C2007-114: Kelly Aerospace 727 inlet anti-icing model  C2007-114
View of the Kelly Aerospace 727 inlet anti-icing model mounted in the IRT test section.
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C87-1127: View of the fan and motor in the IRT  C87-1127
The powerful fan and motor at the heart of the Icing Research Tunnel is capable of producing continuous airspeeds up to 395 mph.
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C2007-459: FJ33 inlet from Williams International being tested in the Icing Research Tunnel  C2007-459
The FJ33 inlet from Williams International being tested in the Icing Research Tunnel.
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C87-1127: View of the fan and motor in the IRT  C95-3918
PFM powered force model rotor. This image shows one possible type of ice accretion that the Icing Tunnel can produce.
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C87-1127: View of the fan and motor in the IRT  C98-1749
Bell 609 spinner inlet icing model. Technicians taking measurement of ice accretions after an icing test.
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C87-1127: View of the fan and motor in the IRT  C2000-1836
Technicians pose with the ERJ-170 airfoil set up for testing in the IRT.
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Last Updated: October 31, 2013