ARC HEATED COMBUSTION TUNNEL (ACT-II)
Investigation of hypersonic propulsion systems utilizing advanced laser and optical diagnostics in the Arc Heated Combustion Tunnel (ACT-II) to study high enthalpy reactive flows and shockwave dynamics.
The gas dynamics laboratory (GDL) is a state-of-the-art facility with the infrastructure and wind tunnels used for the experimental study of complex problems in compressible fluid dynamics relevant to hypersonic flows. These include studies on compressible shear layers, fluid/structure/material interactions, base flows, plasma/flow interactions, cavities, cross-flow injection, and free jets to name a few.
The Laser and Optical Diagnostic Laboratory focuses on developing and utilizing techniques capable of measurements in high-speed (supersonic and hypersonic) flow fields, electrically and optically produced plasmas, flow/structure/material interactions and combustion environments – typically in coupled applications. Laser diagnostics available in this lab include tomographic PIV, Raman scattering techniques, fluorescence measurements, high-speed flow visualization, femtosecond laser-based techniques, as well as, other non-intrusive techniques.