Build Your Own Wind Tunnel
The NASA Glenn Research
Center Learning Technologies Project supported a project, between 1993
- 1996, in which high school students built a small sub-sonic wind tunnel
to use in the classroom to demonstrate aeronautical principals. The goal
of this project was to advance the students' level of understanding in
the areas of math and science.
this project is summarized below:
Here is a
wind tunnel design that was developed at NASA Glenn during the
Centennial of Flight Celebration in 2003. This tunnel can be built for less than
$100 and uses a computer fan motor to move air past small models. Complete plans
for the tunnel can be downloaded for free from the web page.
Here's some additional
inexpensive wind tunnel designs that you can build. All of these links will take you
out of the NASA domain, so use your browser "Back" command to return here.
There is also a
of photographs that students have taken during the construction
and operation of their wind tunnels.
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