College of Engineering and Polymer Science
Date of Last Revision
Aerospace Systems Engineering
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
A laboratory curriculum for undergraduate students at The University of Akron enrolled in 4600:413 Introduction to Aerodynamics was created to allow students a hands-on opportunity to study the basic fundamentals of aerodynamically induced drag. To accomplish this, a 3D printed wing was created with variable aspect ratio. This wing is to be utilized in the laboratory experiment in The University of Akron subsonic wind tunnel to generate data on lift on drag at different airspeeds, angles of attack, and aspect ratios. The laboratory curriculum provides basic theory applicable to the wind tunnel experiments as well as question prompts and data analysis to help students understand the impact of aerodynamic principles such as airspeed, angle of attack, and aspect ratio. Finally, students are also given the chance to design their own winglet to attach to the wing so that they may observe how their design will change aerodynamic lift and drag.
Honors Faculty Advisor
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Milligan, Alexander and Plyler, Elizabeth, "Induced Drag Laboratory Curriculum with Variable Aspect Ratio Wing" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1731.