The Wind Tunnel Laboratory allows experimentation and investigation of air flow (i.e., aerodynamics) and is therefore a valuable resource for engineering project testing, fluid mechanics coursework and alternative energy courses. The centerpiece of the Wind Tunnel Laboratory is a 33 foot long wind tunnel featuring a 50 hp motor capable of producing air velocities between 1 and 90 m/s (2 to 200 mph) in a test section that is 18 inches long, 12 inches tall, and 12 inches wide. The laboratory specifically focuses on air flow (i.e., aerodynamics) experiments and is therefore a valuable resource for fluid mechanics, alternative energy (e.g., wind turbines and blades), and even studies pertaining to wind flow around building structures.

The Alternative Energy Lab contains facilities for studying advanced battery technology with a charge-discharge system and ultracapacitor testing system. Hydrogen powered fuel cells (1.2 kW to 8.0 kW) are maintained with a hydrogen gas farm and extensive testing. Power generation technologies include photovoltaic modules, small-scale biofuel production, and a wind turbine. Load banks (28 kW, 10 kW, 1.8 kW, and 1.5 kW) and National Instruments data acquisition hardware are available.



The DENSO Engine Dynamometer Lab features a Superflow SF-902 water brake engine dynamometer with XConsole Data Acquisition system. Rated for 1500 hp and 1000 lb.-ft., the standard sensor configuration includes a 16-Channel thermocouple panel, a 10-channel pressure panel, 2 pre-configured analog air / fuel inputs, 2 fuel flow measurement turbines, and 1 air flow measurement turbine.

Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is a laser-based imaging technique that combines the accuracy of non-intrusive point measurements with the global flow imaging capability of flow visualization to obtain velocity information over an extended region of the flow. The system in the lab consists of a high speed camera, Nd:YAG 60 mJ/pulse laser, adjustable light-sheet optics, synchronizer, and a dual quad core Intel Xeon processor desktop computer. Images are processed with Insight software using a cross-correlation technique. A hydraulic optical bench is available to minimize vibration.

The Vehicle Enigneering Systems Lab is designed to support teaching and research in the automotive engineering field. The major piece of equipment is a 4x4 vehicle chassis dynamometer with individual torque control of each of the four rolls. This state-of-the-art dynamometer is used for all-wheel drive vehicle performance tests, fuel economy improvements, acceleration performance analysis, stability evaluation, durability and diagnostic tests, safety related experiments, and NVH structure developments.

The lab is used for full-field deformation/strain/vibration measurement using modern optical measurement methods, including digital holography, digital shearography, 3D computer vision, and digital image correlation.