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A wind tunnel is a tool used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects. A wind tunnel consists of a tubular passage with the object under test mounted in the middle. Air is made to move past the object by a powerful fan system or other means.

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What problems can be encountered if an airplane does not undergo wind tunnel testing?

SpaceShipOne did not use any wind tunnel testing. According to the Scaled Composites FAQs: Q: Did you do wind tunnel testing? A: No. All design refinements and performance predictions have been ...
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Why don't all wind tunnels use magnets to suspend models?

NASA and the French aerospace agency have conducted research into magnetic suspension and balancing systems (MSBS) to suspend models during wind tunnel tests, like this system in South Korea. Where ...
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Will wind tunnel modelling ever be completely replaced by computer models? [closed]

With computer-based fluid simulation already being extremely realistic (and likely faster and cheaper than physical wind tunnels), are they, anywhere, completely replacing physical wind tunnels? If ...
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Can you fly a plane in a wind tunnel?

There are very large wind tunnels out there. Wouldn't it be very efficient to test new airplanes flying them "on the spot" inside of these tunnels? That is, in free flight - not mounted to a pylon? ...
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