The MEM department has a small wind tunnel with a 2 ft. x 2 ft. test section. It is used for several elective courses as well as for independent study projects. The freshman introductory engineering course (ENGR 005) has an option where students design and test airfoils. They use a force balance to measure the lift and drag on their foam designs. Another course that utilizes the wind tunnel is an upperclassman elective, Advanced Strength of Materials (MECH 305). Upperclassmen may also select to complete an independent study project, where they work more closely with an advisor on a project of their choosing. The aerospace club is a student run organization that also takes advantage of this facility. The instrumentation in the wind tunnel is continuously being upgraded to provide a better understanding of the testing and its results.
Rooms: Packard 372
Faculty Contact: Terry J. Hart (email@example.com)
Associated Courses: ME 305, MECH 326, MECH 328