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Freeport High School students to unveil the Falcon Wind Tunnel they designed and built
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Freeport High School students to unveil the Falcon Wind Tunnel they designed and built

A group of Freeport High School students will unveil the Falcon Wind Tunnel they designed and built with the help of their engineering and technology teacher, Jonathan Amory.

The wind tunnel will be the most powerful wind tunnel ever constructed, let alone designed, by high school students.   It will be one of the most powerful in the state – rivaling the wind tunnels at many universities. 

As a point of comparison, this tunnel will be 3.5 times more powerful and technically more sophisticated then the tunnel at General B.O. Davis Jr. Aviation High School, which was funded by NASA and supported by a team of NASA engineers http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K 12/WindTunnel/windtunnel.html).  The Freeport students designed the entire tunnel from the start, studying fluid dynamics and using advanced CAD modeling.  They also designed and built the tunnel’s instrumentation.  The tunnel was built on a budget of $5,500 dollars under a grant from LL Bean.  Purchasing a comparable wind tunnel would cost over $45,000.

These students have shown that Maine high school students, using a sophisticated collaborative design process, can construct real-world solutions to complex engineering problems.

The wind tunnel will be unveiled at Thursday the 9 at 11:30 am at the Freeport High School auditorium. 

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