Wind Tunnel Testing Market By Airspeed (Supersonic, Subsonic, Transonic, and Hypersonic), By Alignment (Vertical (Wall-To-Wall, Single Loop, and Open) and Horizontal (Closed Circuit, Open Circuit, and Recirculation)), By System (Services (Testing Facility Services, and Wind Tunnel Maintenance Services), and Products (Software & Hardware (Motor and Fan Assembly, Vanes & Diffuser)), and By Application (Aerospace & Defense (Aircraft (Commercial and Military) and Rockets & Missiles), Transportation (Automotive, High-Speed Trains, and Marine), Building Construction & Wind Energy, Sports (Racing Championship, and Skydiving), and Training & Simulation) - Global Analysis & Forecast 2020-2030
Report ID : 380 | Published Date : Aug 2020 | Pages : 170 | Region : Global | Report Code : AD-1
Wind Tunnel Testing Market Overview and Introduction
A wind tunnel is a device utilized to produce a controlled stream of air in order to study the effects of movement through air or resistance to moving air on models of aircraft and other machines & objects. Provided that the airstream is properly controlled, it is immaterial whether the stationary model under testing is designed to move through the air as an aircraft, or to withstand wind pressures while standing in place, as a building. The utilization of wind tunnels and scaled models to help solve the aerodynamics problems of aircraft as they are developed with the help of a well-established method in the aerospace sector. NASA has several different airspeeds of wind tunnels. They are located at NASA centers all around the country. Wind tunnels come in several sizes - some are just a couple of square inches while others are sufficiently huge to test a full-size plane. Meanwhile, some can test the aircraft at very slow speeds. However, some wind tunnels are made to test at hypersonic speeds.
The global wind tunnel testing market is majorly driven by the increasing utilization of modern warfare techniques by defense forces, and the development of new generation high-speed aircraft and missiles, leading to increased investments in drones. According to the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone, the Department of Defense requested approximately US$9.39 billion for drones and associated technologies in the 2019 budget. The utilization of drones in civil & commercial applications has increased considerably. Increased work efficiency & productivity, decreased workload & production costs, improving accuracy, and refining security issues on a vast scale are among some of the advantages that drones offer to industries globally. Increased investments for the development of electric vehicles are also contributing to the growth of the market. Moreover, major players are investing heavily in the development of tunnel testing, which is also boosting the market growth. However, high costs involved in the installation & maintenance of wind tunnels may hinder market growth to a certain extent.
The global wind tunnel testing market has been segmented into the following categories - airspeed, end-user, and function.
Wind Tunnel Testing Market By Airspeed
Based on airspeed, the market can be segmented into supersonic, subsonic, transonic, and hypersonic. The subsonic segment will dominate the market during the forecast period owing to the high demand for commercial aircraft and automotive testing services. Subsonic wind tunnels are also utilized in racing championship aerodynamic testing. These are among the primary factors that will propel the growth of this segment.
Wind Tunnel Testing Market By Alignment
Based on alignment, the market can be segmented into vertical and horizontal. The vertical segment is sub-segmented into wall-to-wall and single loop & open. The horizontal segment is subdivided into closed circuit, open circuit, and recirculation. The horizontal accounted for the largest market share owing to its applications such as aerodynamic, aeroacoustic, and climatic wind tunnels. Moreover, the horizontal segment finds applications in various industries such as aerospace & defense, racing championship, transportation, building construction, and wind energy. These are some of the factors that will boost the growth of this segment.
Wind Tunnel Testing Market By System
Based on system, the market can be segmented into services and products. Services can be further segmented into testing facility services and wind tunnel maintenance services. Products can be further segmented into software and hardware. Hardware can be further categorized into motor & fan assembly, vanes & diffuser systems, and others. The services segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to minimized Operation & Maintenance (O&M) costs of wind tunnels and the easy availability of technical expertise to carry out their installation & maintenance. These factors will drive the growth of this segment during the forecast period.
Wind Tunnel Testing Market By Application
Based on application, the market is segmented into aerospace & defense, transportation, building construction & wind energy, sports, and training & simulation. Aerospace & Defense can be further segmented into aircraft and rockets & missiles. Aircraft can be further segmented into commercial and military. Transportation can be further segmented into automotive, high-speed trains, and marine. Sports can be further segmented into racing championship and skydiving. The aerospace & defense segment accounted for the largest market share owing to the increased preference for wind tunnels to testing aircraft utilized in aerospace & defense applications as they are generally exposed to critical climatic conditions. These are some of the factors that will propel the growth of this segment.
Wind Tunnel Testing Market By Region
Based on the region, the global wind tunnel testing market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World (ROW). North America dominated the market share owing to major E-VTOL aircraft manufacturers present in the US, resulting in the increasing adoption of unmanned systems for various civil & commercial applications in the country. This is contributing significantly to the growth of the market. Moreover, the presence of major players providing wind tunnel testing in the region are contributing to the overall market growth in the region.
Wind Tunnel Testing Market Prominent Players
Some of the key players operating in the global wind tunnel testing market include Boeing., Lockheed Martin Corporation., Aiolos, Aerolab LLC, HORIBA, Ltd., MAHLE GmbH, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., FKFS Forschungsinstitut für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren Stuttgart, HBM, ETW GmbH, and others.