Research on the Edge: Wind Tunnel

Monday, March 5, 2018
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Research on the Edge

UNH’s Flow Physics Facility (FPF), the largest wind tunnel of its type in the world, helps researchers understand the aerodynamics of situations such as atmospheric wind over the ocean, or the flow of air over a commercial airplane or seawater over a submarine. Recently, it served research more athletic in nature.



• For their senior capstone project, mechanical engineering students and UNH cycling team members Adam Lovell ’17 and Alec Cunningham ’17 merged their academic and athletic passions in a study that used the FPF to explore the dynamics of drafting behind other cyclists during crosswinds.

• Before NIKE’s three elite runners attempted to break the elusive two-hour barrier for a marathon in May 2017, the sportswear giant sent scientists from its Breaking2 team to the FPF to test running aerodynamics.

The Dynamics of Drafting

Dynamics of Drafting video


This article is part of the series:

Spark 2018 cover
In this issue, we illustrate how University of New Hampshire researchers engage in important work at the cutting edge of knowledge and how their endeavors matter.