At this Web
site you can study wind tunnels at your own pace and to your own
level of interest. Some of the topics included are:
history of wind tunnels;
design and operation of wind tunnels;
construction of wind tunnels;
and the underlying similarity principles that enable wind tunnel testing.
Many of these principles are related to the fundamental study of aerodynamics. The
student should consult our Beginner's Guide to
and model rockets for a further appreciation of
the use of the data obtained during wind tunnel testing.
This site was
prepared at NASA Glenn by the Education Programs Office
to provide background information on wind tunnels as
teaching aids for math and science teachers.
Interactive educational computer programs that allow students
to explore the various aspects of wind tunnel testing and design
are provided at this web site. Several
Power Point Presentations
on Wind Tunnels have been developed for teachers and students.
This site has been intentionally organized to mirror the unstructured nature of the world
wide web. There are many pages here connected
to one another through hyperlinks and you can then navigate through
the links based on your own interest and inquiry.
There is an index of topics that you
can access from any page, so you are never more than two clicks
away from any other Web page at this site.
The site has been developed to support Section
508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Many of the pages contain mathematical
equations which have been produced graphically and which are too
long or complex to provide in an "ALT" tag. For these pages, we
have retained the non-compliant graphic at the top of the page
and have provided a compliant text version of the equations in the
body of the page. In many cases, because of the use of Greek fonts in the
graphics, the purely English text version of the equations is slightly
different than the graphic version. The differences are noted in the text.
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