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Equipment and Facilities

Situated in Tullahoma, Tennessee, adjacent to the epicenter of US aerospace ground testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), the University of Tennessee Space Institute is home to over 80,000 square feet of laboratories featuring world-class facilities and instrumentation. Check out some of the equipment available to researchers on our campus below.

  • Chemistry Science Laboratory
    • 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.
  • Materials Science Laboratory
  • Advanced Technology Laboratory
  • Nanodynamics and High-Efficiency Laboratory (NanoHelp Lab)
  • Flow Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Picosecond Laboratory

  • High Pressure Air
    • 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.
  • Low Pressure Air
  • Heated Low Pressure Air

  • Low Speed Wind Tunnel Facility

  • HORIZON Center
  • TALon (Tennessee Aerothermal Laboratory)
    • M4 Ludwieg Wind Tunnel
      • Ludwieg style wind tunnel
      • Mach 4 run conditions
      • 24” x 24” x 72” Test Section
      • 105’ x 24” Driver Section
      • 150 psig Driver Pressure
      • 1 torr downstream vacuum
      • 200 ms on-condition time

  • Ludwieg style wind tunnel
  • Mach 7 run conditions
  • 18” x 18” 2D Test Section
  • 36” Axisymmetric free-jet test section
  • 100’ x 10” Driver Section
  • 300 psig Driver Pressure
  • 550°F Driver operating temperature
  • 1 torr downstream vacuum
  • 200 ms on-condition time

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.

  • Haas VF-9 84” x 40” x 30”
  • Vertical Axis CNC Mill
  • Haas 4 Axis CNC Mill
  • 10 Inch Monarch Lathe (2)
  • 16 Inch Monarch Lathe (2)
  • 20 Inch Monarch Lathe (2)
  • Harding Lathe
  • Index Vertical Mill
  • Bridgport Vertical Mill (2)
  • Kearney and Trecker Horizontal Mill (2)
  • Southbend Horizontal Mill
  • Powermatic Band Saw
  • Doall Band Saw (2)
  • Johnson Cutoff Saw
  • Cincinnati Tool Grinder
  • Grand Rapis Surface Grinder
  • Avey Drill Press
  • Wysong Shear

  • Cryogenic Fuel Rocket Engine Test stand
  • Mach 2 Wind Tunnel Facility
  • Shaker Table Facility

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.

  • General Electric J85-5H afterburning turbojet

  • Chamber 11F
  • Chamber 20V
  • Chamber 29H
  • Chamber 15H