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It was observed that the model building with a circular cross-section withstood the greatest force of wind, while the model building with a rectangular cross-section was the least resistant to wind.
 

It was observed that the model building with a circular cross-section withstood the greatest force of wind, while the model building with a rectangular cross-section was the least resistant to wind.
 

Shape Model skyscraper shape and high speed wind tolerance.
  Speed 1 (low) Speed 2 Speed 3 Speed 4 Speed 5
Rectangular Y X X X X
Triangular Y Y X X X
Circular Y Y Y Y X
Oval Y Y X X X

Y - model building remained upright, X – model building collapsed

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
90
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 1 day for observation
Material availability:
Fairly easily found
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements. Ensure that you handle the fan with care  to avoid accidents.