We are all familiar with wind tunnels and have seen films or photos of their use in aircraft and spacecraft design as well as in automobile ads touting the aerodynamic features of this car or that. In more recent times, they have found new uses in the design of bridges to prevent resonance in high wind conditions and to aid in the design of modern super buildings to ensure that they survive hurricanes and typhoons. But there is a little known world of wind tunnels that has practical value in everyday engineering, academia, research and development, and even product design. This is the world of the benchtop wind tunnel.
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