Students Use UNH's Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel to Research the Dynamics of Drafting by Cyclists

Students Use UNH's Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel to Research the Dynamics of Drafting by Cyclists

May 02, 2017
MechE Students Study Drafting During Cyclining in the UNH Flow Physics Facility

When mechanical engineering students and UNH Cycling Team Co-Captains Adam Lovell ’17 and Alec Cunningham ’17 decided to explore the dynamics of drafting — riding directly behind another cyclist to save energy — during crosswinds, they needed a place to conduct full-scale testing. Lucky for them, UNH's Flow Physics Facility — the largest boundary layer wind tunnel in the world — happens to be one of those suitable places.

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