These laboratories include Aerodynamics, Structures, Composites, Information Systems, Crash Dynamics, and Icing.
The Walter H. Beech Memorial Wind Tunnel (7x10-ft) is capable of testing at speeds up toï¿½245 mph. A computer system gathers and processes data from several six-component balances, pressure transducers, and hot-film anemometers.ï¿½
The 3x4-ft open-return wind tunnel, with a sting balance, a laser Doppler anemometer and pressure transducers, is ideally suited for flow visualization and standard wind tunnel tests. Both the 9x9-inch (Mach 2, 3, and 4) and 4x4-inch (Mach 2) supersonic wind tunnels are equipped for Schlieren, pressure, and laser interferometry instrumentation.
COMPOSITES AND ADVANCED MATERIALSï¿½-ï¿½ A structural testing lab for dynamic and static testing contains MTS testing machines with hydraulic grips and programmable capabilities. Environmental chambers allow for testing at a variety of temperatures and humidities.Students have hands-on opportunities with equipment in many of the laboratories.ï¿½