Aerospace Science Engineering Facilities
Wind Tunnel Laboratory
This laboratory contains the department's main wind tunnel, a low speed facility with a 2' x 3' test section, 6 component force balance, as well as a water table, which is used to visualize the streamlines in incompressible flow. This equipment is used for the aerodynamics laboratory class as well as for faculty and undergraduate research and design projects. The faculty and students of Aerospace Science, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering share this laboratory.
This laboratory houses a 150 KW gas turbine engine (turboshaft) with digital output and a nozzle flow apparatus which is used to demonstrate compressible flows. This equipment is used for the propulsion laboratory course.
Model Fabrication Laboratory
This laboratory is used to build models for the wind tunnel, and is used as a shop for various student design projects, such as a radio-controlled airplane, a model for aircraft fuel tank and gauge, and an inverted V-tail for an aircraft design. The department is presently proposing to expand the capabilities of this laboratory to include structural testing of models.
Flight Vehicle Design Laboratory
The laboratory has an array of computers running Windows for student course and project work, as well as for faculty research and curriculum development. Some of the computers were acquired by donations from alumni. The laboratory also has Micorsoft Flight simulator which is used for research on the study of training methods of pilots involving undergraduate and graduate students.
Multidisciplinary Instrumentation laboratory
This facility houses a wind tunnel a water channel and thermal science equipment. The faculty of Aerospace Science and Chemical Engineering share the laboratory.