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  1. 2018 NASA Ames Trip

    20 Feb 2018

    Dr. Doig took some of Cal Poly’s finest student aerodynamicists up to NASA Ames last week (students in his unique Aerodynamic Research and Development class, AERO568/569), where they got a rare look inside the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Center (a.k.a. the world’s biggest wind tunnel). Teams got feedback on their own…


  2. ES Aero Trip

    13 Jan 2018

    Teams in Dr. Doig’s Aerodynamic Research and Development course got a tour from Cal Poly Aero alum, Nick Brake, of ES Aero’s brand new SLO facility. ES Aero are prime contractors on NASA’s cutting-edge electric concept plane, the X-57. The innovative company was founded by and is filled with Cal…


  3. FLIP summer undergrads visit Tesla

    19 Aug 2017

    Geary Yu and Alex Meraz are sponsored by the College of Engineer’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and are working with FLIP and our client Tesla to look at a specific automotive aerodynamics problem that is helping the Tesla engineers understand whether small changes in bodywork can make a big difference…


  4. Bird Scanning at NASA Ames

    01 Aug 2017

    Graham Rolph and Graham Doig from Cal Poly scan a pelican at NASA Ames Cal Poly aero junior Graham Rolph (left) and Dr. Graham Doig were 3d scanning pelicans and turkey vultures at NASA Ames last week - part of a long-running effort to do some of the world’s first…


  5. Matt Paul graduates

    18 Mar 2017

    Matt Paul has been working with FLIP in the Low Speed Wind Tunnel lab since practically day 1 at Cal Poly, first as an undergrad assistant, then grad student and TA, and the lab’s Lead Test Engineer for various commercial tests. It’s no surprise Matt has been offered a job…


  6. Inside the Low Speed Wind Tunnel Lab

    30 Sep 2016

    Find out more about how the wind tunnel works, who works there, and what they get up to in this series of videos about the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel!


  7. Jennings Aeronautics Wind Tunnel Test

    23 Jul 2016

    SLO-based unmanned aerial systems company Jennings Aeronautics were testing in the Low Speed Wind Tunnel this week, with veteran student test engineer Matt Paul (Aero) and junior lab manager Noah Sadler (ME) running the show with summer lab assistant Garrett Klunk (Aero). Shota Watanabe (Aero) was the day’s point-man for rapid prop blade changes. It’s…


  8. PROVE Lab wind tunnel model makes progress

    09 Apr 2016

    Cal Poly’s Prototype Vehicles Laboratory - PROVE Lab - is a team of 60+ students from 11 different majors, currently designing and building a solar-powered car to break an international Land Speed Record in June 2017 When you have less than 2kW of power at hand in order to hit…


  9. James Keogh submits PhD thesis

    02 Apr 2016

    James Keogh handed in his PhD thesis on Monday at UNSW Australia in Sydney. The first FLIP graduate student to complete! I say handed in - James is currently working for Manor F1 in England and therefore didn’t get the thoroughly underwhelming experience of dropping off a document that your…


  10. Trip to NASA Ames Wind Tunnel Division

    20 Feb 2016

    Who’s that giving an insiders’ tour at NASA Ames Research Center to 16 Cal Poly aero seniors and grads? Alums Eric Paciano (2013) and Alan L’Esperance (2014) - along with our host, Kurt Long of NASA’s Fluid Mechanics Laboratory - were on hand this Tuesday to explain how they conduct…


  11. Frank Kmak visits the Low Speed Wind Tunnel

    20 Feb 2016

    Another special visitor to FLIP…and the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel Lab last week - Frank Kmak is wind tunnel division chief at NASA Ames Research Center, and therefore by default has the biggest and coolest wind tunnel complex on the planet. Ames and Cal Poly are strengthening their…


  12. Winter Break Wind Tunnel Lab Action

    18 Jan 2016

    Andrew Furmidge, Matt Paul, and Danny Stalters continued their hard work in the wind tunnel lab over the winter break, spending a few days sealing the new test section, cutting aluminum, preparing the new turbulence screen, and… assembling Swedish furniture. It’s looking great!


  13. Cal Poly Parents and Family Weekend

    05 Nov 2015

    Dr. Doig’s talk “Your epic daily battle against aerodynamics” to hundreds of parents culminated in a youngster demonstrating why driving around a brick on wheels every day is an odd thing we do. No smoke alarm: success


  14. Cal Poly Supermileage Revisits the Wind Tunnel

    29 Oct 2015

    Cal Poly Supermileage revisits the wind tunnel The Cal Poly ecomarathon contender was starring in a photoshoot for a magazine; we loaded it into the wind tunnel again - unlike in May, we have the rolling road in there, and a nearly-complete test section, thanks to Danny Stalters, Andrew Furmidge,…


  15. Particle Image Velocimetry…ing.

    03 Jul 2015

    UNSW Australia PhD candidate Kyle Forster has been characterizing the wind tunnel at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia - why Macquarie? Former F1 aerodynamicist Dr. Sammy Diasinos is Kyle’s co-supervisor and oversees the wind tunnel lab there This tunnel had recently been relocated from the University of Technology Sydney campus…


  16. The influence of cornering on the vortical wake structures of an inverted wing

    03 May 2015

    FLIP PhD candidate James Keogh (based at UNSW Australia) recently published his paper “The influence of cornering on the vortical wake structures of an inverted wing” in the IMechE Journal of Automobile Engineering. It’s part of James’ ongoing work into cornering aerodynamics - a condition that is particularly important for…


  17. Mayday in the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel Lab

    02 May 2015

    1st of May in the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel. Daniel Henry and Danny Stalters were gluing the foam tail cone for the fan together… next up, composites! The moving ground has been shifted down to the back yard of the lab, next for Andrew Furmidge will be to…


  18. Guest speaker - Cal Poly Biomimicry Club

    27 Feb 2015

    FLIP was at the Cal Poly Biomimicry Club seminar on 27th Feb. Dr. Doig presented research on seal flippers and bird feathers. For more FLIP and older news, hit up our Tumblr!


  19. How do you wind tunnel test a supersonic car?

    23 Feb 2015

    I thought I’d make a post about this since I saw recently that a research team in Japan had decided to stick a couple of die-cast models of the Bloodhound SSC “1000mph” car in a wind tunnel and use schlieren visualization to see the shock waves that might be produced…


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