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Tools and Facilities

Labs of Aerospace Technology


Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics Lab

Subsonic wind tunnel: 0.4x0.4m2, Vmax=20m/s, turb.intensity ‹1% [video]
Hydrodynamic Tunnel: 0.55x0.5m2, Vmax=2m/s, turb.intensity ‹1%
Aeroacoustic Anechoic chamber (in progress)

LabPIV Watertunnel

Aerospace Design Lab

Four 3D Printers of different deposition technologies (Stereolithography, fused deposition, and injection). The largest printer has a max. size of 254x381x203 mm and 0.1 mm of resolution.
Material removal machines

Sample3D 3Dprinter

Chemical Propulsion Lab

Hybrid Rocket [video, thesis]
Bench testing for compressors, turbines and nozzles. Gas Turbine (131mm diameter, max thrust 230N)
Engine bench testing and small turbojet equipped with diagnostic instruments (thrust 20kg). The room of the bench is acoustically isolated, fire-proof room, and has a gas detection system for combustion experiments.

jetEngine Aeroreactor


Navigation and Flight Mechanics Lab

EyasSat Rev C+ nano satellite trainer
Hexapod (Steward platform): 6DoF platform [video]
Cockpit Instrumentation System Demonstrator
Open System Mission Computer - Flight simulator with integrated avionics
Aircraft system integration bench (courtesy of EADS)
1 giróscopo
6 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [video]
10 computers

Satellite CockpitSim
Simulator

Electric Propulsion Lab

Plasma thruster testing facility (3.0 m x 1.5 m of diameter, capacity of extraction of xenon or argon of up to 37000 l/s). Minimum pressure 10-7mbar and continuous operation during 5-7 days with pressure below 2·10-7 mbar
Diagnostic equipment: Langmuir probes, 3D scanning system, optical spectroscopy, and thrust balance
Small vacuum chamber
See videos of electric thrusters: video 1 video 2

VacuumChamber

Hangar

Total surface: 20 m x 19 m
Exposition area: A320 Horizontal stabilizer (700 kg, 12.5m 4.5 m). Courtesy of Airbus Operations.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight testing area.
Flight testing setup for Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) Systems. It includes a remote mechanical control system compatible with 2 leading-edge inflatable and 1 rigid-frame power kites equipped with onboard instruments (inertial navigation unit, multi-hole pitot tube, load cells at each tether, etc) for data acquisition during the flight. [video 1, video 2]

HangarUAV Kite

Computer cluster

1 Computation cluster (280 cores, 1TB of total RAM )
2 Workstation Ladon Broadwell (22 cores, 256 GB of RAM)
1 Supermicro Twin 1U (20 cores, 512 GB of RAM)
8 Workstation (300 cores, 256GB of RAM each)