The Wind Tunnel Fluid Measurements. E80 Spring 2014. Overview. Wind Tunnel Introduction Instrumentation Aerodynamic Theory Safety & Operational Issues. Lab Objectives. Safe operation of the wind tunnel Perform basic airspeed measurements & calibrations
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E80 Spring 2014
= static pressure + dynamic pressure
A differential manometer measures the difference between the two pressures which varies according to Bernoulli’s equation
Flow over upper curved surface is faster and the Bernoulli effect results in lower pressure over the top surface
Differences between a Rocket & Airplane?
Lift & drag forces are typically found experimentally rather than integrating pressure & shear stress…
(attributed to Lord Rayleigh)
Ratio of lift or drag force to fluid kinetic energy
Determined experimentally in the wind tunnel
“Skin Friction” Drag
CD = f( fluid velocity v, fluid density r, fluid viscosity m, and cylinder length L)
R. Subramanian. “Dimensional Analysis – Drag on a Sphere.” http://web2.clarkson.edu/projects/subramanian/ch301/notes/dimensionfluids.pdf
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