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Video: Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel

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vimalkumarp
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vimalkumarp   8/24/2013 7:10:13 AM
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Yes indeed. Whatever the outside world understands and knows is just the tip of an iceberg. NASA really stretches the technological limits.

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far911   8/24/2013 7:02:50 AM
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Fascinating stuff Charles. A couple of days ago I saw NASA's gigantic steel structure which goes to show NASA has many more surprises down the road. 

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vimalkumarp   8/24/2013 5:11:10 AM
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This is an excellent post , Charles  Thanks to NASA and its endeavours that has enhanced the  quality of life of the common man.

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Nancy Golden   8/23/2013 10:46:11 PM
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I agree, the video is well worth watching. It is an amazing facility and I thought it very interesting that NASA owns a percentages of Shasta Dam to supply its power needs - that is good financial management. It would be neat to see some video of it in action with actual test conditions...

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Charles Murray   8/23/2013 5:13:33 PM
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I, too, was intrigued by the power usage, Bob. Our tour guide told us that they draw energy off the grid, not only from California, but from Oregon, Washington and Idaho, too. They also own 5.5% of the energy coming from Shasta Dam in northern California.

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bob from maine   8/23/2013 12:16:36 PM
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Very interesting. The power useage is impressive and makes me wonder how much excess capacity is built into the power grid to permit occasional use of that and similar power hungry industries and how many there are. I had wondered how they manage to move such a dramatic amount of air without ingesting the local flora and fauna. Nice article: Thanks.

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Charles Murray   8/23/2013 11:04:11 AM
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I think of it in exactly the same way, naperlou. The Byron nuclear station, which serves more than two million homes in northern Illinois, has two reactors and a capacity of 2.3 GW. If you assume that the wind tunnel is using abouth 5% of that huge plant's capacity, it's a stunning figure.    

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naperlou   8/23/2013 8:47:20 AM
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Another way to look at the power consumption is to compare it to the standard nuclear power plant.  In Illinois the individual reactors run between 875 and 1,165MW.  So that would put the wind tunnel at a tenth of a nuclear reactor. 

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apresher   8/23/2013 6:45:18 AM
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Chuck, Especially enjoyed the video. Very unique look inside this facility and the technology behind it.  Thanks.

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