Facilities  

The Division is supported by an array of sophisticated laboratory facilities, with state of the art equipment not available in many undergraduate or even graduate academic institutions.  Highlights of the facilities include;

  • Photo of aerodynamics labA complete Fluids Laboratory (divided into the High-Speed and Low-Speed Aeronautics Laboratories), including a supersonic wind tunnel capable of Mach 4.2, large open and closed circuit wind tunnels, small open and closed circuit wind tunnels, a full-size helicopter rotor test cell and a propulsion cell supporting turbine, reciprocating and rocket engines.
  • Photo of hydrodynamics labA Hydrodynamics Laboratory including a 380 foot towing tank, several smaller towing tanks, and a circulating water channel to test propeller and rudder design.
  • Photo of a computer labFour computer lab classrooms comprised of approximately 90 workstations loaded with Solidworks, AutoCAD, StaadPro, MaxSurf, Ricardo WAVE, STK, MDSolids, EES, Visual Analysis, Rhino3D, COMSOL, MATLAB, Mathematica, RPA, GHS, HeatTransfer Tools, and Google SketchUp
  • Photo of satellite ground station A Satellite Ground Station capable of communicating with orbiting spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle and the Russian Mir space station.
  • Photo of materials lab An advanced Materials Laboratory with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) capable of magnifying objects up to 300,000X, with state of the art X-ray microanalysis capabilities.
  • Photo of an electrical engineering labSpecialized Electrical Engineering Laboratories supporting studies in signal processing, fiber optics, biometrics, microfabrication and communications.

The primary purpose of the laboratories is to support the education of midshipmen.  A secondary use of the laboratory facilities is to support ongoing faculty research.  This research enables the faculty to stay current in their fields, and often provides an opportunity for some of the more advanced students to assist faculty members (analogous to graduate assistants in civilian universities).

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