The aim of this project is to develop and share an easy to use and low-cost tool for wind analysis with an empirical approach on physical wind simulation. This tool is a mini airflow tunnel that can provide graphical representations of airflow data for a quick feedback, visualisation and analysis, for architects and designers in the early design stage. This tool is suitable for preliminary analysis of aerodynamic phenomena near buildings, such as wind flow acceleration, that can produce discomfort issues on pedestrians. The mini airflow tunnel project is an association of analogue and digital technology: it uses electronic components for arduino technology and Rhino 3D software with Grasshopper3D and Firefly plugins for graphical visualisation of airflow data in real time.
This site gathers all the necessary information to build and set up the components of this tool. The “Tutorial” section details the process to build and operate this mini airflow tunnel. The section “Downloads” has all the required files such as templates for the structure and codes for the programs. The section “Links” includes the web address to external programs (Grasshopper3D) or to purchase third party elements such as Arduino boards and micro wind sensors.
The Mini Airflow Tunnel is a project developed by Rafael Moya and Daniel Prohasky from the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) within the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University.
Mini airflow tunnel project by Rafael Moya & Daniel Prohasky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.