Faculty Advisor Dr. Christiane Beyer (below) overseeing wind tunnel tests.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Wind Tunnel Testing
Last friday, The Formula racer design team and SAE members collaborated on wind tunnel testing a quarter scale formula body clay mock-up. The model was placed inside the wind tunnel in order to test for wind resistance, otherwise referred to as "drag." By forcing a controlled amount of wind though the tunnel (45-60 mile winds) while the model is inside, engineers and designers can observe points for improvement with regards to air flow. The goal of these tests is to strive for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.