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Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics emphasizes the study of fluid motion around a body moving through atmospheric air at speeds that range from subsonic to hypersonic. Theoretical, computational, and experimental methods are developed to determine forces, moments, and heat transfer that can be applied to the design of aircraft, missiles, and space launch and re-entry vehicles and their power and propulsion systems. The basic theory and techniques also find application in other areas such as high-speed ground transportation, hydrofoils, manufacturing processes, and noise generation.

Facilities

Boeing/AFOSR Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel

Low-noise Mach-6 wind tunnel for studying laminar-turbulent transition.

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

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

Vacuum Technology Lab

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