Contact

Contact: Timothy Smith

Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer IV

Aerospace Engineering

(734) 615-7278

3041 FXB

The Gorguze Family Laboratory, home of the wind tunnelsLabs, Facilities and Centers

The Aerospace Engineering Department is located in the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building, a 100,000 square-foot complex that includes classrooms, teaching laboratories and research labs as well as faculty and staff offices. The department also partially occupies four other research buildings; the wind tunnel building (20,000 Sq ft), high-vacuum pumping station (4000 sq ft), power house (1000 sq ft) and the PEPL lab (5000 sq ft). Research facilities in the building(s) include:

  • a collection of wind tunnels that can test from micro air vehicles to models generating hundreds of pounds of lift and from very low-speed flight to above Mach 4 (Supersonic tunnels are in the wind tunnel building)
  • a laboratory for plasmadynamics and electric propulsion, where full-scale tests can be run at millionths of a Torr (PEPL lab on Green Road)
  • a composites laboratory with facility for mechanical testing of materials, vacuum and heating chambers for testing in controlled environments, high speed imaging of cracks and instrumentation for non-destructive evaluation.
  • a laboratory for autonomous aerospace systems
  • Explosion resistant high bay research labs
  • Aero Learning Center for students
  • A laboratory for the design, development and deployment of small satellites, the Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL)

To schedule a tour of our facility, see our visiting advice.

Below is a list of laboratories, facilities, and centers associated with each discipline. As research centers are often highly interdisciplinary, they are listed under each applicable area.

Gas dynamics

Faculty labs

Computational Aerosciences Laboratory (CAS)

Gas Dynamic Imaging Laboratory (GDI)

Laboratory for Computational Fluid Dynamics (KECK CFD)

Nonequilibrium Gas & Plasma Dynamics Laboratory (NGPDL)

Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL)

Propulsion and Combustion Engineering Laboratory (PACE)

Shared facilities

Wind tunnels

Research centers

Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics (CRASH)

Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM)

Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)

François-Xavier Bagnoud Flight Vehicle Institute (FVI)

Michigan/Air Force Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion (MACEEP)

Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center in Aeronautical Sciences (MAB-CCAS)

Dynamics and controls

Faculty labs

Autonomous Aerospace Systems Laboratory (AASL)

Aerospace, Robotics and Controls (ARC) Laboratory

Attitude Dynamics and Control Laboratory (ADCL)

Noise, Vibration and Motion Control Laboratory

Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL)

Research centers

Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)

François-Xavier Bagnoud Flight Vehicle Institute (FVI)

Michigan/AFRL Collaborative Center in Control Science (MACCCS)

Biologically Inspired, Anisotropic Flexible Wing for Flapping Flight (MURI)

Space systems

Faculty labs

Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL)

Non-Equilibrium Gas and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory (NGPDL)

Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL)

Shared facilities

Peach Mountain Observatory

Research centers

Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics (CRASH)

Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM)

Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)

François-Xavier Bagnoud Flight Vehicle Institute (FVI)

Michigan/Air Force Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion (MACEEP)

Structures and materials

Faculty labs

Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory (A2SRL)

Adaptive Materials and Structures Laboratory

Composite Structures Laboratory (CSL)

Multi-Scale Structural Simulations Laboratory (MSSL)

Research centers

Center for Rotary and Fixed-Wing Air Vehicle Design (CRFWAD)

Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)

François-Xavier Bagnoud Flight Vehicle Institute (FVI)

Michigan/Air Force Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion (MACEEP)

Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center in Aeronautical Sciences (MAB-CCAS)