Aerodynamics research is directed toward a better understanding of the fundamental laws governing the flow of fluids. Research topics of recent interest include: numerical methods in aerodynamics; computational fluid mechanics; separated flow around wings and bodies at high angles of attack; aerodynamics of rotors and propellers; boundary layers, wakes and jets in V/STOL applications and aerodynamic noise; experimental measurements using laser systems; laminar-turbulent transition in high speed boundary layers.
Boeing/AFOSR Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel
Ludwieg tube with a 9.5-inch Mach-6 quiet-flow test section. Instrumentation is specialized for study of laminar-turbulent instability and transition, and includes high-speed hot wires, fast-response pressure transducers, hot-film arrays and anemometers, a high-sensitivity laser-differential interferometer, a glow-discharge perturber, and a pulsed laser perturber.
The joint laboratory of the CoE’s Plasma Preeminent Team conducts fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas for a wide range of applications: from aerodynamics and propulsion to reconfigurable radio-frequency systems to sustainable agriculture.
- Lead Professor: Sergey Macheret
- Location: MSEE 341
- The joint laboratory of the CoE’s Plasma Preeminent Team conducts fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas for a wide range of applications: from aerodynamics and propulsion to reconfigurable radio-frequency systems to sustainable agriculture.
Purdue AAE High-Vacuum Facility offers a wide range of vacuum, thermal and micropropulsion test capabilities including micro-Newton force measurement for microthruster testing.
The goal of Advanced Lyophilization Technology Hub (LyoHub) is to advance the science and technology of freeze-drying/lyophilization. LyoHub’s members include companies in the pharmaceutical and food processing sectors, equipment manufacturers and university researchers, who combine their expertise and resources to accomplish the goal. Immediate objectives are: (i) to identify and disseminate Best Practices for lyophilization equipment performance, testing and validation and (ii) to conduct applied research to advance lyophilization processes and products.
Development of experiments for the study of basic fluid physics and for spaceflight technology advancement of systems which rely on two-phase, that is both liquid and gas, flow systems in space.
Aerospace Two-Phase Flow Lab
- Lead Professor: Steven Collicott
- Location: ARMS 3191/ARMS B195
- Allows for the study of the effects of microgravity on combustion/fluid dynamics
Applied Plasma Science Lab
Laboratory conducts research in the field of applied plasma science including areas of atmospheric-pressure plasma jets, advanced spacecraft propulsion, synthesis of nanomaterials, discharges in liquids and diagnostics of microplasmas.
Boeing Compressible-Flow Laboratory
Three small high-speed facilities: 2-inch blowdown tunnel; A one-inch supersonic jet apparatus; and a 3-inch shock tube.
Small Experimental Tunnels
Three small low-speed wind tunnels are available. One has an 18-inch diameter test section, and the other two have test sections of 12 by 18 inches. A water tunnel is also available, with a 15x20-inch test section. Several small calibration tunnels are also available.
Boeing 4' x 6' Subsonic Tunnel
Large subsonic wind tunnel with two test sections -- a closed 4-by-6 foot section with model mounting provisions and a long test section adapted for high-lift research. The first test section is equipped with a three-component balance system.