Modeling and Similitude: Summary

The answers to the ConcepTests are given below and will open in a separate window. 
Key point from this module:

Experiments using models must be thoughtfully designed to maintain similitude with the prototype. This means that the experiment is conducted such that all of the \(\Pi\)-terms have the same value.

From studying this module, you should now be able to:
  • Determine the experimental conditions necessary to achieve similitude between the model and the prototype.
  • Scale experimental results using a model to a full-scale prototype.
Prepared by: Jeffrey Knutsen, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder