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3-Axis Automated Probe Traverse for Aerodynamic Testing (Mechanical Project)

Our primary objective is to design, build, and test an automated traverse to hold measurement probes in Cal Poly’s low speed wind tunnel. The device should cause minimal flow disturbance. It’s movements must be able to cover eighty percent of the three-dimensional test section.

The device should have a mounting point for interchangeable probes. The assembly is to be integrated with the current frame structure on the wind tunnel test section, and should allow very minimal deflection of the measurement probe. The user should be able to control the motion of the traverse via a computer interface which supports automatic data collection. The cost of this project must remain under two-thousand dollars.
Source: California Polytechnic State University
Authors: Tananant Boonya-ananta | Ricky Wai | Zander Oostman | Teyvon Brooks

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