Case Western Reserve University

Center of Excellence in Aerospace Engineering

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Case Low Speed Research Wind Tunnel

  • Provides very low free stream turbulence levels
  • The tunnel is completely modular, allowing a variety of different experimental configurations to be realized, greatly extending the tunnel’s functionality.

Laser Flow Diagnostics Laboratory

  • State-of-the-art Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) equipment
  • Phase Doppler and laser Doppler anemometers
  • Modern data acquisition and analysis equipment including PCs
  • Clear centrifugal slurry flow pump loop and heart pump loop

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Energy and Propulsion

Combustion Diagnostics Laboratory

  • Solid combustion chamber
    • Continuous fuel dispenser
    • Multi-sample ignition and upward flame spread insert
  • Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) test equipment burner
  • GIFFTS chamber-A chamber
    • Pressure control
    • Atmospheric composition control
  • TEOFF- low speed tunnel for sample preheat during ignition testing
    • Intumescent coating testing device
    • Particle Imaging Velocimeter

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Aircraft Avionics, Systems and Equipment

Biologically Inspired Robotics Complex: Aerostructures Lab

  • Two slow flyer R/C planes for pilot training
  • 9 channel RC radio for test-flying micro air vehicles
  • several micro aerial vehicles
  • 27” x 27” oven for curing carbon fiber micro air vehicle wings and fuselages
  • Access to full machine shop (including CNC milling machine) for micro air vehicle wing and fuselage mold fabrication
  • Freezer for storing pre-impregnated composite carbon fiber
  • Hood for sanding carbon fiber
  • Soldering station for assembly of electronic components
  • Vacuum pumps for carbon fiber curing process
  • Molds of previously designed micro air-land vehicles
  • All materials necessary for carbon fiber lay-up.

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Mechanics of Materials Experimental Facility

  • Single-stage gas-gun along with tension/compression split Hopkinson bar and torsional Kolsky bar apparatus for carrying out fundamental studies in dynamic deformation and failure of advanced material systems.
  • Hewlett Packard and Tektronix high speed, wide bandwidth digitizing oscilloscopes with strain-gage conditioners and amplifiers are available for data recording and processing.
  • State-of-the-art laser interferometry equipment for making spatial and temporal measurements of deformation
  • High speed Hg-Cd-Te detector arrays are available for time resolved multi-point non-contact temperature measurements.
  • Schenck Pegasus digital servo-controlled hydraulic testing system with a 20Kip Universal testing load frame equipped with hydraulic grips and instrumentation for quasi-static mechanical testing under load or displacement control.
  • Moiré microscope for large-scale inelastic deformation studies on micron size scales.
  • CCD camera with hardware/software for image-acquisition, processing and analyzing of full field experimental data from optical interferometers such as moiré microscope, photo-elasticity, and other laser based spatial interferometers

Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Tribology Laboratory

  • A double-spool-shaft rotor dynamics test rig provides independent control over spin speed and frequency of an adjustable magnitude circular rotor vibration orbit for bearing and seal rotor-dynamic characterizations
    • Real time control of rotor-mass unbalance at two locations on the rotor while it is spinning up to 10,000 rpm, simultaneous with rotor rubbing and shaft crack propagation
    • Self-excited instability rotor vibrations

NanoEngineering Laboratory

  • Houses various pieces of equipment for thermal and electrical characterization of polymer-based nanocomposites, nanofluids and individual nanostructures

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 Computing and Simulation

High performance computing

  • The department uses the CWRU high performance computing cluster (HPCC). The HPCC currently consists of 204 compute nodes 1850 processors. All nodes are interconnected with Gigabit Ethernet for MPI message passing. A separate Ethernet interconnection for the purpose of out-of-band cluster management.

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Working With Case Western Reserve University

To find out how you can partner with Case Western Reserve, contact the Office of Corporate Relations at 216.368.6665 or email

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