Young TsAGI engineer works on a draft of an academic wind tunnel
9 November 2017
Oleg Vinogradov, a TsAGI engineer, successfully passed the fall qualifying competition of the youth innovative projects “U.M.N.I.K.” of the Foundation for the promotion of innovation. The event was held in Zhukovsky (Moscow region) in October this year.
Oleg Vinogradov, with the support of the Youth Innovation and Technical Center (MITTS) acting on the basis of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) submitted to the jury his project “Development of the academic wind tunnel for physical laboratories of secondary schools and innovative aerospace youth centers.” Its goal is to carry out physical experiments, which will allow the unlocking of creative potential in children, teenagers, and students who are interested in aerodynamics, as well as expand the range of their practical work and deepen the understanding of physical processes.
According to the author, the project will result in a small-sized installation, easy to carry and with low power consumption. The installation is planned to have a variable working part and a strain-gage weight. Its expected size is 3 m x 1 m x 2 m with a flow rate from 2 to 25 m/s.
Explaining the possibilities of the practical application of the wind tunnel, Oleg Vinogradov said: “The successful implementation of the project will allow novice designers to check technical ideas and build a data bank of aerodynamic characteristics of air drones. This, in turn, will provide an opportunity to form flight path algorithms to the specified accuracy. The wind tunnel will become a great visual aid for the study of aerodynamics and continuum physics.”
The engineer now is getting ready to defend the wind tunnel project in the final stage of the “U.M.N.I.K.” program contest.
Currently, a prototype of the installation now exists. MITTS and the Municipal educational institution Lyceum #14 of Zhukovsky joined forces to build the project. The prototype was successfully presented at the 19th World Festival of youth and students in Sochi.