Laboratories

The laboratories/research facilities are established in the department of Aeronautical Engineering. Various experimental setups are developed in these labs to crater to the need of B.Tech and M.Tech programs. In addition, several research facilities are also developed to support the research activities in the Department.

Detail of various laboratories and their facilities are as follow:

HARDWARE LABS

  • Strength of Materials Laboratory
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Laboratory
  • Aerodynamics Laboratory
  • Aerospace Structures Laboratory
  • Aircraft Materials and Production Laboratory
  • Aircraft Systems Laboratory
  • Flight Controls Laboratory
  • Aerospace Propulsion Laboratory
  • Aerospace Composite Structures Laboratory

SOFTWARE LABS

  • Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Computational Structural Analysis Laboratory
  • Flight Vehicle Design Laboratory
  • Computational Aerodynamics Laboratory
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    Strength of Materials Laboratory

    The laboratory deals with properties of the materials that are very important in the process of designing the durable components / machines / structures etc. Aeronautical engineers are mainly concerned with the mechanical properties like strength, ductility, hardness, brittleness, toughness, creep, fatigue strength of the materials.

    Facilities: Universal testing machine, Brinell hardness tester, Rockwell hardness tester, Impact testing machine, Tension testing machine, Torsion testing machine, Compression test on short column and long column testing machine, Testing of springs, Deflection test for simply supported beam and cantilever beam test setup.

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    Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Laboratory

    Fluid Mechanics And Hydraulics laboratory provides an introduction to principal concepts and methods of fluid mechanics. Understanding the laws and concepts which guide the behavior of a fluid is very important for the engineering students. Laboratory deals with the Estimation pressure, hydrostatics, and buoyancy; mass conservation and momentum conservation for moving fluids; viscous fluid flows, flow through pipes; dimensional analysis; boundary layers, Head loss in a flow and introduction to hydraulic machines .

    Facilities: Reynolds experiment, Bernoulli’s experiment, Impact of jet on vanes, Flow through notch, Venturimeter and orifice meter, Pipe friction apparatus, Discharge through mouth piece, Reciprocating pump, Francis turbine. Kaplan turbine, centrifugal pump.

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    Aerodynamics Laboratory

    Aerodynamics is the epicenter of Aeronautical Engineering. Though the wave of Computational tools is still on a climb, Experiments are an irreplaceable tool to understand real world Aerodynamics. Experiment facilitate is required understand the real Physics by conducting tests on geometrically scaled models using the concept of dynamic similarity. Various techniques used in Experimental Aerodynamics include free flight tests, rocket sledge, Para-dropping, scaled model flying, wind tunnel testing. Wind tunnel testing is the most viable and versatile tool to conduct the aerodynamic experiments. Aerodynamics also includes internal aerodynamics such as flow studies over compressors, fans, blowers etc..

    Facilities: Subsonic Wind Tunnel, Low Subsonic Wind Tunnel, Axial Flow Compressor, Centrifugal Compressor, Centrifugal Blower.

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    Aerospace Structures Laboratory

    A good structure is fundamental to the success of a new aircraft or space craft design Structural mechanics is the study of the mechanical behavior of solids and structures. Aerospace structures differ from other structures due to their high demands for performance and lightweight. The Structures Laboratory is set up for testing of structures and materials. Several test rigs have been designed and are available for testing of various structural components. Digital data acquisition systems allow high speed data collection from multiple channels.

    Facilities: Universal testing machine, Beam apparatus, Buckling test setup, Shear centre test frame, Vibration testing setup, Thin cylinder setup, Non destructive testing, Test setup for Plastic bending, Test setup for Curved bars

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    Aircraft Materials and Production Laboratory

    This laboratory is aimed at providing an introduction to the Know the baic materials used for aircraft manufacturing and how common processes used in industries for manufacturing of  parts by removal of material in a controlled manner. Auxiliary methods for machining to desired accuracy and quality will also be covered. The emphasis throughout the laboratory course will be on understanding the basic features of the processes rather than details of constructions of machine, or common practices in manufacturing or acquiring skill in the operation of machines. Evidently, acquaintance with the machine is desirable and the laboratory sessions will provide adequate opportunity .

    Facilities: Sand Testing Equipment, Gas Welding Cylinder, Foundry Tools, Resistance Spot Welding, Wood Working Lathe, Arc Welding Transformer, Power Hack Saw, Hand Shear, Vices, Injection Molding ,Blow Molding, Power Riveting Tools, Pneumatic Drill, TIG Welding 250A,MIG Welding 250A,Fly Press, Hydraulic Press, Plasma Cutting Machine, Water Plasma Device, Tilting Furnace, Muffule Furnace.

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    Aircraft Systems Laboratory

    The aircraft system lab is setup for the better understanding of the different types of the aircraft systems for the purpose of passenger safety and comfort, fuel consumption, sage flying and landing. An aeronautical engineer must have a strong foundation in the basics of the aircraft system, principle of environmental and sound knowledge of the way the principle is applied to the various systems used in an aircraft. In the aircrafts different variants are categorized as civil, defense, transportation. Among all fighter aircrafts are considered -as sophisticated and integrated system, similarly civil aircrafts are considered for the safety.

    Facilities: Serviceable aircraft with all systems, Full Scale Jet Engine and Piston Engine, Hydraulic Jacks (Screw Jacks)

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    Flight Controls Laboratory

    The primary purpose of the flight controls laboratory is to give students hands-on experience of what goes on in the cockpit of an aircraft, and to understand the basic fundamentals of flight. In addition to the cockpit interfaced simulator, the flight simulation laboratory contains three PC based flight simulator. of these, one is configured with hardware to simulate fighter type aircraft controls, another is configured to simulate general aviation type aircraft controls, and the third is configured to simulate a glider type aircraft controls. These three simulators have provision to incorporate the dynamics of other aircraft.  

    Facilities: Single seated CESSNA Flight simulator, Cockpit live shares(4Nos)

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    Aerospace Propulsion Laboratory

    The propulsion laboratory concentrates on the elements of propulsion and basic analysis of all types of engines used for propulsion in aircrafts. Different engine setups are available for a detailed study of propulsion systems and power match studies with particular aircraft types. Background study can also be performed where the basis of design for all engines can be worked out involving thermo mechanical study of the parts and fuels used in the engines.

    Facilities: Valve Timing Diagram for a 4 Stroke Diesel Engine, Port Timing Diagram for a 2 Stroke Diesel Engine, Rotary Engine Balance Apparatus, Cut Section of a 3 Cylinder Piston Engine, Cut Section of Rolls Royce Turbojet Engine, Cut Section of Avon Turbojet Engine, Abel Flash Point/Fire Point Apparatus, Redwood Viscometer, Digital Bomb Calorimeter, Carbon Residue Apparatus, Free/Forced Convection Apparatus, Propeller Test Rig, Nozzle Test Rig.

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    Aerospace Composite Structures Laboratory

    The Aerospace Composites Structures Lab is aimed for processing and characterization of aircraft composites. The laboratories contain physical, chemical and mechanical characterization equipment capable of resolution at the nanometer to the full component level. Primarily used to study materials for gas turbine engines, aircraft structural members, these facilities allow for fundamental material sciences to be studied and applied to real life challenges facing industry such as developing materials that can withstand extremely high levels of heat, pressure, and abrasion.

    Facilities: Resin transfer molding, Filament winding machine, Pressure forming equipment, Hand layup equipment's, Hardness testing machine, Impact testing machine, Universal testing machine.

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    Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory

    The CAM Laboratory provides unique opportunity to get hands on experience to develop complete machining solutions for intricate components. It enables students in development of CAD models for round/prismatic components and develops optimal process planning with tool layouts. Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) with an emphasis on the central role of the geometric model in their seamless integration and a focus on the integration of these tools and the automation of the product development cycle. The students will be taught preparation of off line/online CNC part programming, tool prove outs and manufacturing of complex Aircraft products.

    Facilities: CNC Vertical machining center, CNC turning centre,3D Printer, Robotic Arm

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    Computational Structural Analysis Laboratory

    Structural analysis laboratory is a center for computational and theoretical research on the problems that arise in the Aerospace Engineering discipline. The laboratory comprises of both fundamental and advanced problems that arise in the areas of Design and manufacturing. Several high-end state-of-the-art computational codes have been developed in-house for multi-scale mechanics for damage; damage mechanics based modeling of composite structures; modeling and analysis of advanced material based structures; adaptive modeling of laminated plates; structural optimization and stochastic analysis of laminated structures.

    Facilities: 36 systems with full fledged ANSYS software, Intel Core i3-6100, 3.70 GHz  processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard disk, 21.5 Inches LCD Display.

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    Flight Vehicle Design Laboratory

    The flight vehicle design lab include the process of overall configuration and systems, fuselage layout, wing and tail design, mass and balance, power plant selection, landing gear layout, aircraft performance, cost estimation, and initial design and sizing. To estimate flight vehicle mass properties, many aerospace engineers are encouraged to use conceptual and preliminary design weight estimation methods based on computational approaches 

    Facilities: 36 systems with full fledged MAT lab Simulation, Intel Core i3-6100, 3.70 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM

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    Computational Aerodynamics Laboratory

    Computational aerodynamics lab uses CFD to study and provides an introduction to numerical methods and computational techniques arising in aerospace engineering. Applications are drawn from aerospace structures, aerodynamics, dynamics and control, and aerospace systems.  The aerodynamics problems are usually ranging from the scaled steady flow problems to the multistage, and unsteady flow. The techniques of modern computational science to predict turbulence, transport of species and tracers, and submersible wake dynamics and wind turbine interactions with the atmospheric boundary layer.

    Facilities: 36 systems with full fledged ANSYS software, Intel Core i3-6100, 3.70 GHz  processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard disk, 21.5 Inches LCD Display.

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    Project & Research Lab

    This Lab has provided a platform for students and research associates to implement research based projects under the guidance of faculty members. The facility has been utilized by B.Tech and M.Tech students extensively for their project and research work. The outcome of the project has resulted in publications in various journals and conference proceedings (both at national and international level). The centre has provided a learning platform for both students and faculty.