Experimental Aerodynamics

Advanced wind tunnel test techniques for the latest aircraft and defence system programmes.
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Design and Manufacture

The latest manufacturing techniques producing high quality wind tunnel models and precision machined components.
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Computational Aerodynamics

Specialists in CFD code development and aerodynamic design and analysis.
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Developing the latest technologies for the advancement of aerodynamic testing and CFD.
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Welcome to ARA

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ARA is an independent research and development organisation providing a range of specialist services to the worldwide aerospace industry;

  • >     Aerodynamic design and consultancy
    >     Computational Fluid Dynamics
    >     High precision wind tunnel model design and manufacture
    >     Transonic wind tunnel testing

These capabilities provide our customers with a complete aerodynamic service from initial aerodynamic design and analysis through model design and manufacture to wind tunnel testing. Based in Bedford, 50 miles north of London, ARA has worked on many prestigious projects for the World’s major civil aircraft and defence system manufacturers. Also ARA’s aerodynamic expertise and advanced testing techniques provide specialist input to motor vehicle and wind turbine development.

ARA’s new test techniques and design capabilities are aimed at the requirements for the development of the next generation of aircraft. Many of these new services and facilities have been developed on programmes supported by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute, enabling ARA to offer high value design consultancy throughout your development programme.

We hope you enjoy discovering the wide range of services ARA provides which can support your next development programme.




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Mach 1.4

is the speed our transonic wind tunnel can achieve


hours of successful wind tunnel testing for clients


expertly trained and educated members of our team


ARA was established as a UK wind tunnel test facility

Aircraft Research Association Limited
Manton Lane, Bedford, England MK41 7PF

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