Aerospace Engineering Research (AER) Facilities
The A&A department engineering facilities include infrastructure necessary to support instruction and research.
- Kirsten Wind Tunnel
- The Kirsten Wind Tunnel is a closed circuit, double return wind tunnel with a 10-foot long, 8' x 12' test section. Two sets of 14' 9"-diameter seven-bladed propellers move the air up to 200 MPH through the test section. Computer-automated model positioning and data acquisition system ensures testing efficiency and precise measurements, while a networked data reduction and plotting system allows for immediate data visibility.
- C. Bossart Machine Shop
- The Aeronautics and Astronautics shop offers the campus community a wide array of fabrication services for your research needs. We can assist in your design, prototype and fabrication during all phases of your project. We have a range of modern machining tools.
- 3' x 3' Low Speed Wind Tunnel
- The 3’x3’ Low Speed Wind tunnel is an open loop facility capable of 135mph (60m/s) flows. It is housed within the historic Aerodynamics Laboratory that was built in 1917 to house the first wind tunnel in the northwest, funded by donations from the Boeing Aircraft Company. The current wind tunnel is heavily used for undergraduate labs and projects in the winter and spring quarters and for research the remainder of the year.