Spectacular Wind Tunnels

22.02.2008 Tech #Planes

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The interior and exterior of wind tunnels have unusual design requirements that often make them accidental architectural masterpieces.

Wind tunnels range from the miniature wooden box that the Wright brothers used, to the gigantic full scale tunnel at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley which drains the power supply for the entire Bay Area, and tests actual planes and space craft. Air speeds within them can reach tens of times the speed of sound, requiring super heated air as air expands out of storage tanks.