Project Description

 

 

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Glenn Davison, Robert Hellstrom, and Susan Savill used the wind tunnel at Bridgewater State University to test-fly a variety of kites at very low wind speeds.
  • An anemometer displayed the wind speed.
  • Angle of flight from the horizon was measured with a protractor.
  • Oscillations per minute were counted.
  • The kites were designed and built by Glenn Davison.
  • The wind tunnel fills an entire room and the test section is 2-feet by 2-feet.
  • The kites were tested at very low wind speeds. An anemometer was inside the rear of the wind tunnel to display the wind speed.

Goals:

Our goal was to test multiple kite designs while flying in the wind tunnel at Bridgewater State University and make observations related to the angle of flight, turbulence, and number of oscillations.

Setup:

Preparing for flight in the wind tunnel was simple:
1. Turn off the wind tunnel
2. Open the door
3. Place the kite in the center of the wind tunnel
4. Attach the flying line to the floor of the wind tunnel using tape
 
An anemometer was inside the rear of the wind tunnel to display the wind speed.