wind tunnel


Definition of wind tunnel

: a tunnellike passage through which air is blown at a known velocity to investigate air flow around an object (such as an airplane part or model) placed in the passage

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Technological challenges Later this year, the Stratofly consortium plans to begin wind tunnel tests of the engine components. Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "This hypersonic airliner would take you from Los Angeles to Tokyo in under two hours," 23 Aug. 2019 In the name of its Clean Space Initiative, the European Space Agency (ESA) put part of a satellite in a plasma wind tunnel and melted it down until there was nothing left but vapor. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, Want to Watch This Satellite Melt?," 21 June 2019 That is, the scientists had to let a flock of goslings imprint on them so that when the birds matured, the humans could lead them into a wind tunnel and fit them with monitoring equipment. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 Heralded as the architect of America’s space program, Silverstein helped design supersonic wind tunnels. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "That Time NASA Wanted to Build a Floating Airport on Lake Erie," 2 Aug. 2019 The city has granted Comic-Con permission to erect a temporary wind tunnel in front of the museum Wednesday through Sunday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 50 things to see at this year’s Comic-Con," 17 July 2019 Their fashion, politics, music, movies and mores would blow away the old like cobwebs in a wind tunnel. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fifty years later, Woodstock issues remain relevant," 13 Aug. 2019 Engineers are testing prototypes in a plasma wind tunnel and reckon the winning design will contain a low-melting-point alloy of zinc. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 Aerospace scientists at the University of Colorado once leashed live dragonflies inside a wind tunnel. Anchorage Daily News, "The dragonfly, Alaska’s state insect, is a nimble flying machine," 20 July 2019

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wind tunnel was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of wind tunnel

: a long, narrow room through which air is blown in order to test the effects of wind on an airplane, car, etc.

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