I love my job

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Mmmmmmmmmmmm yeah............. not everyday you get to use one of these.

I'll post more pictures once we start running wind tunnel tests. I'm 6'4", each red blade is as tall as I am.

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Relative size (not me)

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F-18 in said tunnel (not our model)
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That is awesome!!!! How cool is that?!?!?!!?!?
 
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nice, just don't stick your hand in there
 
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That's a pretty bad *** wind tunnel. All the wind tunnels I used to work with were to so lame.

On a side note, has anyone ever seen the wind tunnel they used to develop the A380?
 

neu

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Yeah but can you set it to suck?
 
:surprised nice!!!

(a word of caution: as tempting as it may be, I don't think it's safe to speak into it and do the "electric fan robot voice" with this one)
 

Astronuc

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Cool machine, Cyrus!

What's the max wind speed?



BTW, did I mention that I've signed you up for ABC's Bachelor TV show? :biggrin: You can use your dating expertise!
 

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Very cool Cyrus. Have you guys run an Avro Aero (original 1950s CDN jet fighter shut down by Eisenhower as a threat to US security) in there?! I wonder how it would fair in such a modern wind tunnel. Dig your job man!!
 
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Fast enough for you? We topped off at about 205mph.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/663/pict0397l.jpg [Broken]

Ffkg1G-g3Gg&feature=channel_page[/youtube] This was just an initial run. We'll do about a week or two of tests. We basically went from 0 to 202mph to make sure the model wouldn't start to flutter or show any signs of problems. Now we have to do a tare and intereference calibration and then start running static and dynamic tests. [PLAIN]http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/7908/img0105d.jpg[/PLAIN] [Broken] [PLAIN]http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/940/img0100xeo.jpg[/PLAIN] [Broken] [PLAIN]http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5236/img0107maq.jpg[/PLAIN] [Broken] We spent nearly a month on the CNC machine making and painting the model.
 
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Man, it is good to see a bunch of nerds who get just as excited about stuff like that as I do. :biggrin:
 

Ivan Seeking

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Cool, Cyrus! Next we want to see you in the tunnel at 205. :biggrin:

We spent nearly a month on the CNC machine making and painting the model.
Did you guys design this?
 
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Cool, Cyrus! Next we want to see you in the tunnel at 205. :biggrin:



Did you guys design this?
The model is by a company I work for called American Dynamics. They designed it and I helped them make it in-house.
 

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Very cool!

Especially how your interest in model planes has led straight to this...really great, and probably pretty unusual. Fantastic!
 
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That is a very cool model Cyrus. The stealth aspects of it are interesting. Just curious, How do you test it at higher speeds. Are these tests just used to make sure it can take off and land?
 
I think the only your job could be more fun is if your wind tunnel were vertical and you could take breaks and "fly" in it!
 
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:surprised nice!!!

(a word of caution: as tempting as it may be, I don't think it's safe to speak into it and do the "electric fan robot voice" with this one)
:rofl:
 
I didn't think of that! With a megaphone, you could make yourself sound like a 200-ft tall Darth Vader.

Do it do it do it do it do it.
 
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I hope you're not showing us any classified information!

Is it loud, or does it run quietly?

When was the last significant advance in air tunnel design?
 

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