Date of Defense
Dr. Richard Hathaway
A model of the front wing of a super modified race car was built and tested in a wind tunnel. In order to evaluate the performance of the wing, a balance with sufficient load capacity was needed. A balance was then designed and constructed using a series of flexure joints, pin joints and load cells. Once the balance was completed, a calibration of the load cells was done followed by installation of the balance system into the wind tunnel. Wing behavior at various airspeeds, angles of attack and ground heights were summarized in a series of lift coefficient and drag coefficient versus ground height plots. Utilizing these plots, the super modified race car team can now optimize the front wings ground height and angle of attack for maximum race car performance.
Arraut, James and Block, Nathan, "Wing Behavior in Ground Effect" (2001). Honors Theses. 1908.
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