Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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Aeromechanics Lab

Location: 25 Akerman Hall

The Aeromechanics Lab serves to give students an understanding of experimental methods and design in fluid and solid mechanics. Students learn wind tunnel and water channel experiments involving flow visualization, pressure, velocity, and force measurements. Students take experimental measurements of stresses, strains, and displacements in solids and structures, including stress concentrations, aerospace materials behavior, and structural dynamics. The lab includes computerized data acquisition and analysis, error analysis, and data reduction techniques. In addition to experimental design, students develop oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in groups.

The laboratory houses a water channel, two mechanical testing machines, and vibration testing equipment. The water channel includes a light and video setup for data acquisition. The mechanical testing machines are screw-driven, 5000-lbs. capacity machines which are manually controlled. Polariscopes can also be mounted on the mechanical testing machines for photoelasticity experiments. The vibration testing equipment consists of a large shaker and two small spring-mass systems. Three spectrum analyzers are used to obtain the frequency responses of the systems.


Last Modified: 2012-02-15 at 10:45:34 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation