CierzScience Tunnel

A wind tunnel to study the behavior of the airflow about a study object to simulate the behavior of this object in a real situatIon

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This project has the purpose of, once finished, to be able to realize with him aerodynamic studies, especially focused for students and investigators amateurs. In the face of the absence of information of the design and construction of a tool like this one, it is claimed that the whole papers extracted from this project are of public domain for who like that wishes it be able to take this project as a guide to be able to create its own wind tunnel.

How was the CierzScience Tunnel project born

The idea of this tunnel came to not having neither project nor tutor of thesis at the end of my career as aeronautical engineer. After having tried to develop a project proposed by a professor at the University and know that he was far above my knowledge , I decided to be I who chose the project and as I develop it.

My first idea was to build something physical related to my career and that it could be used in the future and not to be forgotten and useless, in the act I thought to build a wind tunnel.

After a brief search on the Internet I had an idea of how it would be my tunnel, but I note that, although there were many projects like that I wanted to make, there was nobody who had detailed step-by-step how to build a wind tunnel. In one they give you an idea of how to make the body or an idea of how to develop the electronic or the measurement of forces, but none so complete.

So I decided that my project was to build the most complete possible wind tunnel, and then be able to share it with the community. Even if the result will not be perfect and that it should be go refined, I hope that will serve as a basis or guide to someone who want to repeat it enter the changes that it seems that enhance the design.

At the same time I thought in the design I thought also in the name of the project. My city, Zaragoza, is characterized by a strong wind called cierzo and I wanted to make it a tribute and end up calling the project: CierzScience Tunnel .

How to design our own wind tunnel

To design our own wind tunnel, the first thing that we need to assess is the complexity that we want to give to the project that will have an impact on the quality of the results of the tests that we make in him. Second, the maximum size of the objects that we want to study that will have an impact on the size of the testing chamber and therefore in the rest of the tunnel. Third the speed of the air that we want to reach in the test chamber.

There are basically two types of wind tunnel depending on the air circulation in its interior, closed or open. With the first we have conditions thermodynamic stable and the study would be more precise but will be of a building more complex and take a larger space. With the second we will not have conditions thermodynamic as stable although the complexity of its construction and the space that deal will be lower. In this case we decided the second configuration. With regard to the other types of configurations we chose testing chamber closed, air aspirated and of course subsonic.

Our tunnel is thought, in the beginning, like a basically didactic tool that should allow us to visualize the flow lines about a body and to measure on him the forces to which it is submitted. The size that we think that it would be the correct one would be one that was occupying a volume of about 15 cubic cm. Later these bodies can be extrapolated to others of major size.

To carry out the design we have to predefine a speed of the air inside the test chamber that would allow us to carry out the studies. The speed of 70 km/h would be a speed that would allow us to realize them. To perform the calculations take the speed of 20 m/s.

In the case of the construction of the CierzScience Tunnel the first thing that we acquired was the fan of second hand that conformed to the features that we were looking for. The air flow that moved, its size, the structure on which was mounted and the price were the ideals for our project.

From the diameter of the structure of the air output of the blower, the flow rate that offers us the fan, the speed in the test chamber and the volume of the object of study, we will design the rest of the tunnel.

The flow that offers the fan is 8400 m3/h, 2.33 m3/s. Its section we estimate from the radio. Being the radius 0.25 m, the area of its section is of 0.196 m2.

Knowing that the flow is the result of the product of the speed and the section:

Q = S(2)*V(2) ; V(2) = Q/S(2) = 2,33/0,196...

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  • 1 × FAN SODECA HC-50-6T/H
  • 4 × 1 m2 OF PINE WOOD PANEL Material for thestructure pattern
  • 7 × 2,4 m OF BAR PINE WOOD Material for thestructure pattern

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    Step 1


    • The structure we have designed with the design program Catia from surfaces that we created earlier.
    • The manufacture we have made with panels and moldings with wood of pine.
    • The assembly did it with a nail gun and glue.
    • Surfaces make up plates of methacrylate 2mm thick.
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    Step 2


    1. Wax the mold with wax for ships covering the whole surface, It is important to do that for the time of unmold do it with ease.

    2. Cover the surface of the mold with sheets of glass fiber such and as explained in the following video. Repeat the operation at least to have 3 layers.

    3. In the ends of the bodies that are joined to another body of the wind tunnel place angles of aluminum between layers of glass fiber.


    4. Let it dry completely the time that recommended by the manufacturer.

    5. Unmold the body of glass fiber of the mold taking care if any item has been stuck to the mold.

    6. Sand the surface . The surface, both interior and exterior it should be as uniform as possible for the later painted.

    7. Paint the entire inner and outer surface of the different bodies at least two layers.

    8. For a better finish polishing the different surfaces.

    For all the previous operations is very advisable to take the precautions that indicates the manufacturer of the different products it is used.

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    Step 3


    • The angles of aluminum are of 25x25 mm section
    • The connections of the angles and the methacrylate have been done by drilling and by riveting, except the plate of methacrylate side removable that is bolted to the same as the set of the balance with the camera.

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0xF wrote 07/08/2016 at 19:44 point

I hope it doesn't take off, that would be inconvenient.

On a serious note, congrats, I like your project and wish you success, I could see this as being a useful tool for some people.


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Joel Villa Farias wrote 06/10/2016 at 10:22 point

Thank you for your interest. In the next days it will extend content of the project and I hope that it continues being of your pleasure.

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Elliot Williams wrote 06/08/2016 at 15:47 point

An open-source wind tunnel is a great idea!  I hope it takes off.

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Francisco Sanz wrote 06/09/2016 at 20:53 point

Me too!

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