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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
A three-dimensional model of a one-story residential home, with an emphasis on the roof style and structure, was modeled using CATIA and then built and tested in the wind tunnel at Western Michigan University. The wind tunnel allowed an airflow over different style roofs to be tested at 100 mile per hour winds, strengths typical for hurricanes and other natural phenomena. The measured results show the lift and drag, along with the pressure gradient and the skin friction over the roofs. The effect of these aerodynamic characteristics of the building due to adding solar panel prototypes were also evaluated. The results would have been presented here and will be applied to guidelines and building codes. Future work and continued research are recommended due to the unexpected circumstances from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Burch, Kayla, "Aerodynamics of Wind Loading on Buildings" (2020). Honors Theses. 3234.
Honors Thesis-Open Access