In order to determine how the wind will interact with the buildings in a city, scientists and engineers run tests using scale models with wind tunnels. The test results are then used do decide a number of factors in a city from types of building design codes and how to plan energy layout. However, recently, a team at the RMIT University in Australia believes that they may have found a more efficient method. This week a research team at the university has put together a study outlining how their wind modeling techniques will be able to predict much more information.
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This new wind modeling technique is based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and uses numerical flow as a substitute for physical tests. The team has successfully used their CFD model to predict the dynamic air flow around buildings on the university campus. They are hoping to combine the modeling system to make more energy efficient drones. The drones would be able to base their path on the wind currents to use less energy.
While the technology currently remains in early testing, the team, including scientists from LEAP Australia and the University of Sidney can see long term possibilities. More testing should lead to more answers on the “feasibility of the concept of long endurance micro-sized drones” and how the drones could be applied in the future.