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

Examples of wind tunnel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kenneth Duke, another instructor, did various flips and tricks while in the wind tunnel. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 On landing, Kazuha creates a small wind tunnel via a secret blade technique that pulls in nearby objects and opponents. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The team then stuffed two real northern gannet wings with cotton and propped them up in a wind tunnel. Mennatalla Ibrahim, Science | AAAS, 7 July 2021 Alfa Romeo's Formula 1 partner, Sauber, developed the parts in the wind tunnel, and Kimi Räikkönen from Alfa F1 Team Orlen fine-tuned them. Juergen Zoellter, Car and Driver, 26 May 2021 Lauren Sullivan was working for Team Penske before the January announcement on the NASCAR side doing wind tunnel testing. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2021 And just to be sure, it was tested in a wind tunnel. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 27 May 2021 The wind tunnel, known as a Ludwieg tube, is the latest addition to the school’s growing aerospace engineering program. Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2021 Whitcomb began a series of wind tunnel tests using a model of a DC-10, evaluating winglets at different airspeeds with different flap and aileron configurations. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of wind tunnel

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wind tunnel was in 1911

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“Wind tunnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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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