The Aerospace Engineering Combustion and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory is a state of the art research facility using the latest diagnostic tools for the study of combustion and fluid mechanical phenomena. The Laboratory is a 13,000 square foot facility located on the research campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The facility 5 instructional faculty members, 5 research engineers, 1 staff member, and over 30 graduate students, several visiting scholars, and several post-doctoral fellows. Most experimental setups are devised or broken down as needed "in house". Most construction is provided by the machine shop in the Aerospace main building (Montgomery Knight)
The laboratory has four high-pressure test areas for conducting large-scale combustion experiments, a high bay area for large vertical experiments and micro-gravity drop tower, four light and sound isolation laboratories, and a large open test area. Furthermore, the lab is also equipped with an instrument calibration room, a small machine shop, and a tool room. The entire lab is vented by an extensive exhaust system capable of handling exhaust products from experiments up to 25 MBtu/hour. The facility is fully equipped for the study of combustion and fluid mechanics ranging from micro-combustion to experiments as large as 25 MBtu/hour. The facility is equipped with a 3000 psig air compressor with 105,000 scf storage capacity, a 125 psig air compressor with over 10,000 scf storage capacity, and a process air heater capable of heating 720 psig of air to 995 deg F at a maximum mass flowrate of 300 lbm/minute. The facility is also equipped with 20 gpm fresh water, and a recirculated process cooling water system. Each of the experiment stations is supplied with 720 psig heated and non-heated air, 125 psig compressed air, 25 psig natural gas, fresh water, process chilled water, and laser cooling water. Future facility improvements will include a 5000 psig Natural Gas compressor and 18,000 scf storage facility, as well as a high volume vacuum system.