Design and Development of a Tactile Wind Tunnel for Educational Purposes [University of Alabama in Huntsville]


  • Madison Chance Bowersox University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Creighton McIntyre University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Prathmesh Anantwar University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Kyle Clark University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Abhee Singh University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Ruth May University of Alabama in Huntsville
Keywords: Wind Tunnel, K-12 Education

Abstract


The purpose of the Tabletop Wind Tunnel Capstone Project for Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) STEM Education is to design a wind tunnel for K-12 classroom demonstration by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Section and North Alabama ASME Section. The wind tunnel is designed to be easily replicable in any nation, using readily available materials and manufacturing processes. The UAH Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) undergraduate student design team incorporated the NASA Systems Engineering Design Process to meet the requirements of the project customers and faculty advisor, as well as ensure the design process resulted in a high quality deliverable. The tabletop wind tunnel will be the 6th generation of wind tunnels within the MAE Product Realization Capstone Design Class. After rigorous analysis and testing, the design team has determined that the best design will utilize a square cross-section throughout the wind tunnel, a pull through fan system, and a sliding stinger in order to allow for an easy and tactile procedure for measurement of lift. The primary purpose of having a sliding stinger is that children as young as Kindergarten and 1st grade will be able to have hands-on interaction with a wind tunnel and peak their interest in the area of STEM education early in life. Additionally, middle school and high school students will be able to evaluate the flow streamlines via tufts on the airfoil in order to observe flow separation as the velocity and angle of attack are varied. The UAH team's process for designing the wind tunnel included not only detailed Computer Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis, but also hands-on testing with mock ups of the intended design to ensure a test section velocity above 20 miles per hour.

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Author Biographies

Madison Chance Bowersox, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Madison Bowersox is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering and plans to graduate in December 2019.  Madison currently holds a federal work study position in the UAH Salmon Library Multimedia Lab but has workedmost recently at Aerojet Rocketdyne at both the Los Angeles Canoga park location and Huntsville location and hopes to continue working in this field after graduating.
Creighton McIntyre, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Creighton McIntyre is an undergraduate studentpursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and plans to graduate in May 2019.  Creighton will be working full time in Mechanical Engineering for Verity Integrated Systems Inc. before beginning an engineering masters in engineering management.
Prathmesh Anantwar, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Prathmesh Anantwar is an undergraduate student andwill graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prathmesh plans on obtaining a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering though the JUMP program at UAH.
Kyle Clark, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Kyle Clark is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and plans to graduate in May 2019. Kyle currently works part time in Missile and Air Defense contracting at KBRwyle located in Huntsville, Alabama and hopes to continue in this field after graduating.
Abhee Singh, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Abhee Singh is an undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and will graduate in May 2019. Abhee is also a research assistant at UAH Propulsion Research Center and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University.
Ruth May, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ruth May is an undergraduate student majoring in Engineering with a Mechanical emphasis and will graduate in August 2019 from Bob Jones University. Ruth is currently interning for NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center. After graduation, Ruth plans topursue a Master’s degree in Aeronautics & amp; Astronautics at Purdue University.
Published
04-14-2019

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Bowersox, M. C., McIntyre, C., Anantwar, P., Clark, K., Singh, A., & May, R. (2019). Design and Development of a Tactile Wind Tunnel for Educational Purposes [University of Alabama in Huntsville]. Journal of Student Research. Retrieved from https://jofsr.org/index.php/path/article/view/613