Labs and Facilities
The Aerospace Engineering Department is located in the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building, a 100,000 square-foot complex that includes classrooms, teaching laboratories and research labs as well as faculty and staff offices. The department also partially occupies four other research buildings; the wind tunnel building (20,000 Sq ft), high-vacuum pumping station (4000 sq ft), power house (1000 sq ft) and the PEPL lab (5000 sq ft). Research facilities in the building(s) include:
- A collection of wind tunnels that can test from micro air vehicles to models generating hundreds of pounds of lift and from very low-speed flight to above Mach 4 (Supersonic tunnels are in the wind tunnel building)
- A laboratory for plasmadynamics and electric propulsion, where full-scale tests can be run at millionths of a Torr (PEPL lab on Green Road)
- A composites laboratory with facility for mechanical testing of materials, vacuum and heating chambers for testing in controlled environments, high speed imaging of cracks and instrumentation for non-destructive evaluation.
- A laboratory for autonomous aerospace systems
Explosion resistant high bay research labs
- Aero Learning Center for students
- A laboratory for the design, development and deployment of small satellites, the Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL)
To schedule a tour of our facility, see our visiting advice.
Below is a list of laboratories, facilities, and centers associated with each discipline. As research centers are often highly interdisciplinary, they are listed under each applicable area.
Aerodynamics and Propulsion
- ROMs of variable/adaptive fidelity derived from an organized hierarchy of higher fidelity simulations.
Integration of ROMs into a multi-fidelity model that can predict the stability characteristics of a full-scale LRE containing multiple injector elements.
- Given a nominal engine configuration, end use is a methodology that designers can use to: a) Efficiently characterize combustion dynamics in O(days) on small cluster; b) Explore effect of parametric changes on QoIs
- Innovations to the science of reduced modeling of complex systems
- Engagement with AFRL researchers and exchange of knowledge, tools and data.
Autonomous Systems and Control
- Autonomous Aerospace Systems Laboratory (AASL)
- Aerospace, Robotics and Controls (ARC) Laboratory
- Adaptive Control Laboratory
- Noise, Vibration and Motion Control Laboratory
- Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL)
- Peach Mountain Observatory
Structures and Materials