VIGRE2 Vertical Intergration of Research and Education Department of Mathematics, University of Utah

Ginger Dobie








Mentor: Laura Miller
Major: Mathematics

Fall 2006 project description:

The goal of this research is to study the effects of a leaky bristled wing as a function of Reynolds number. The hypothesis is that there will be a benefit with two wings. When the wings are peeled apart, the effective Reynolds number increases, and the wings are "leaky", reducing the drag force acting on each wing. This will be compared relative to the two solid wing case. As the wings translate away from each other, the effective Reynolds number decreases, the wings act like solid plates, and lift is enhanced. In addition to researching the topic this fall I will also be performing an experiment to test this hypothesis. The experiment will include using a flow tank and models representing a bristled wing to test the flow at different Reynolds numbers.

Fall 2006 Symposium slides

Fall 2006 final report

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