Additional Research Resources
A 2,300 sq. ft. Chem Lab is located on campus. The lab includes 2 fume hoods, several furnaces and ovens, a DI water system, glassware and expendables for analysis, eye wash stations, a chemical storage area and plenty of bench tops for working areas. The equipment list includes a Thermogravimetric Analysis System (TGA), an Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICP), an ion chromatograph, a spectrometer, microscopes, balances, a calorimeter and a separate area to do water quality analysis.
UTSI’s Machine Shop, founded in 1975, offers a variety of machine shop services. Located in the Research Lab area, the shop has a floor space of 4,000 square feet. Machinery includes a variety of milling machines ranging from a #4 Cincinnati mill to several Bridgeport mills. there are also seven Monarch lathes capable of machining up to 24 inches in diameter.
High Pressure Flow
High pressure air flow capabilities include eighteen 3,000 psig air storage tanks that are valved into a blow-down air supply system. This can provide up to 6,200 lbm flow capacity at 10 to 200 lbm/s. Lower flow rates can be controlled with an alternate regulator, and system recharge is provided at 500 lbm/h.
The Aviation Systems Facility operates a fleet of fixed and rotary wing research aircraft at the Tullahoma Regional Airport. Research areas include aircraft performance and flying qualities, atmospheric and earth/ocean science, flight systems and human factors, aircraft design, and advanced flight test instrumentation. Students even have the opportunity to fly in these aircraft as flight researchers and flight test engineers.
Center for Laser Applications
The Center for Laser Applications (CLA) at The University of Tennessee Space Institute was established in 1984 as a state funded Center of Excellence to provide outstanding capabilities in research, education, and technology transfer in the increasingly important area of laser applications. The center is actually a collection of labs containing various lasers, materials processing, materials testing, and class 1000 clean room facilities.
The Jet Engine Facility houses a General Electric J85-5H afterburning turbojet for jet engine, augmenter and sensor research. Both low hour and high hour engines are available. The engines can be operated over the complete throttle range from idle to full afterburner. The engine is fully instrumented and performance, operability, control-settings and component performance are displayed and recorded. For more information contact Joel Davenport.