Hover Tank
The hover tank is a 4ft × 4ft × 4ft (1.2m × 1.2m × 1.2m) water tank. The acrylic tank is housed in a steel structure that supports the bottom of the tank 3 ft above the ground to provide optical access on all six sides. An 80/20 aluminum frame is mounted around the top of the steel structure to provide support for experimental rigs. The laboratory also contains a 1.5ft × 1.5ft × 1.5 ft glass tank and accompanying 80/20 structure. This smaller facility is available for lower Reynolds number tests and/or experiments using other working fluids.

Wind Tunnels
The Department of Aerospace Engineering has several wind tunnels which we have access to, including the free-jet wind tunnel, the 20in x 28in open-circuit wind tunnel, and the Glenn L. Martin wind tunnel.

The 20in x 28in open circuit wind tunnel has a maximum test section speed of approximately 60 m/s (135 mph). This wind tunnel is currently being used to study the aerodynamics of a model rotor blade in reverse flow.

Towing Tank
A new 1.5m x 1.2m x 7m towing tank with a 4-axis motion control system (pitch, plunge, translation, and rotation) has been designed and constructed under a DURIP sponsored by AFOSR. The tank is also equipped with a set of 33 gust generators to produce an unsteady flow field for experiments on gust encounters.


High-Speed Stereoscopic PIV
The high-speed stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (PIV) system consists of two CMOS cameras capable of imaging at 3,250 Hz with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and a 30 mJ/pulse Nd:YLF laser.

High-Resolution High-Speed PIV
The high-resolution high-speed particle image velocimetry (PIV) system consists of two CMOS cameras capable of imaging at 1,450 Hz with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, and a 20 mJ/pulse Nd:YLF laser.

Submergible Force/Torque Sensors
Multiple ATI 6 degree-of-freedom submergible force/torque sensors (Nano25s and Mini40s), wireless capability, signal amplifiers, and data acquisition systems reside in the laboratory for use in the water tanks.

Unsteady Force Balance
This three-component force balance system was custom-built using high resolution load cells and linear air bearings to measure lift, drag, and pitching moment with nearly zero frictional loss. Model rotor blades are suspended between two force balances mounted above and below the test section of the 20 x 28 in open circuit wind tunnel. In addition to time-averaged measurements, this system is capable of sensing the frequency of unsteady aerodynamic forcing resulting from periodic vortex shedding.

Flow Visualization
The laboratory is equipped for both dye and laser flow visualization including a NE-300 infusion syringe pump, a 1 W continuous laser, and a Nikon d7000 camera (still images at 4928p × 3264p and HD video at 24 fps, 1920p × 1080p or 30 fps, 1280p × 720p) with tripods, lenses, and accessories.

Other Equipment

Syil 4-Axis CNC Mill

Stratasys Objet 30 Pro 3D printer