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Wind tunnel project for teaching and researching purposes

Noor Izham, Muhammad Ibrahim Afif (2017) Wind tunnel project for teaching and researching purposes. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This project is concerned with the modelling and redesign of a small wind tunnel system. In the beginning of the project, a used wind tunnel is acquired by the Murdoch University from a company. The wind tunnel is expected to be used for the teaching purposes and it is also anticipated that the wind tunnel system will be used for research. First, an early research and literature review is carried out to obtain knowledge of the wind tunnel and the working principle and equations involved. This research helps to develop a basic understanding on the wind tunnel system and the required specification of the wind tunnel, which requires the wind speed of at least 20m/s. Therefore, an initial study is carry out to investigate and analyse the functionality and the limitations of the existing wind tunnel. The analysis centres around the study to determine whether the existing wind tunnel can be used as it is, or does it require any changes to improve the existing wind tunnel system. Based on the analysis, necessary modelling and redesigns are proposed to get the wind tunnel to achieve its aim. The modelling consists of calculation that are based from the equation acquire from the literature review. Two designs are used in the modelling which is the presented in the thesis and the findings on the modelling are discussed to decide which is the best design to achieve the required wind speed.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Whale, Jonathan
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