NASA Logo - Web Link to NASA.gov Vertical Line

+ Text Only Site
+ Non-Flash Version
+ Contact Glenn

Go
ABOUT NASA NEWS AND EVENTS MULTIMEDIA MISSIONS MyNASA WORK FOR NASA

Preparation
Modified Bicycle Design


 To test wing lift data, the Wright Brothers placed a wheel horizontally on the front of a bike. They placed wing models on opposite sides of the wheel (left and right) at certain angles to test data that Otto Lilienthal produced in 1889.

In this experiment you will also try to obtain the lift experienced by models. Rather than attaching a wheel, a bar attachment will be easier, especially since you attached a bar to a bicycle in a previous experiment which qualitatively measured lift.

Attach a horizontal bar to the bike frame so that the bar stretches over the front tire. On the bar, attach an additional bar that is hinged upward. Attach the wing model as far out on the bar as possible. This allows for maximum torque and for lift to be easily observed. A hook for masses should be attached to the bar directly under the model wing attachment sight.

The diagram shown below will help you produce the bar attachments.

Modified bicycle with liftable horizontal bar


PREPARATION

About
FoilSim

 PREPARATION

Background
Information and
Research Avenues

SOFTWARE

FoilSim
Download


Related Pages:
Standards
Activity
Worksheet
Lesson Index
Aerodynamics Index

 

     First Gov Image


+ Inspector General Hotline
+ Equal Employment Opportunity Data Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
+ Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
+ Freedom of Information Act
+ The President's Management Agenda
+ NASA Privacy Statement, Disclaimer,
and Accessibility Certification

 

NASA Logo   
Editor: Tom Benson
NASA Official: Tom Benson
Last Updated: Thu, Jun 12 04:47:13 PM EDT 2014

+ Contact Glenn