Aerodynamics

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.

Facilities

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.

Boeing/AFOSR Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel

Plasma Lab

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.

Plasma Lab

  • 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.
Vacuum Technology Lab

The High-Vacuum Facility offers a wide range of vacuum, thermal and micropropulsion test capabilities including micro-Newton force measurement for microthruster testing.

LyoHUB Laboratory

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.

LyoHUB Laboratory

  • Lead Professor: Alina Alexeenko
  • Location: ARMS 3106B
  • Lyostar freeze-dryer
  • FreezeBoost controlled nucleation technology
  • Lab Website
Aerospace Two-Phase Flow Lab

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

Plasma and Flow Visualization Lab

Experimental studies of transient plasma discharges and development of plasma actuators for flow and combustion control.

Plasma and Flow Visualization Lab

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.

Applied Plasma Science Lab

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.

Boeing Compressible-Flow Laboratory

  • Lead Professor: Steven Schneider
  • Location: AERO (ASL) 29A
  • 2-inch blowdown tunnel
  • 1-inch supersonic jet apparatus
  • 3-inch shock tube
  • Also includes Boeing/AFOSR MACH-6 Quiet Tunnel
  • Lab Website

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.

Small Experimental Tunnels

  • Lead Professor: Steven Schneider
  • Location: AERO (ASL)
  • 18-inch diameter test section
  • 12" X 18" test sections (X2)
  • 15" X 20" water tunnel
  • Several small calibration tunnels
  • Lab Website

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.

Boeing 4' x 6' Subsonic Tunnel