Watch the following film to get an impression of the facilities at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
The facilities at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering are used for experiments generating unique and essential data for research but they are also used in education. Practical exercises are an essential part of the curriculum. The faculty has a complete range of high-tech facilities at the disposal of students and researchers. The faculty is open for sharing these facilities on an university level and will actively cooperate with other faculties.
Cessna Citation II jet aircraft
TU Delft is one of the few universities in the world with its own aircraft for applied research and education. The Cessna Citation II PH-LAB was originally built as a corporate aircraft, but now functions as a versatile flying laboratory and classroom.
A total of eleven high-speed and low-speed wind tunnels are used to demonstrate aerodynamic theory. Experiments can be performed in speeds that range from the subsonic at 35m/sec to the hypersonic at Mach 11.
Structures and Materials Laboratory
A good structure is fundamental to the success of a new aircraft or space craft design. The materials and joining techniques need to meet high standards; it’s essential that the structure is safe, light and sustainable. The Aerospace Structures and Materials Laboratory combines a pioneering spirit with extensive knowledge and expertise in the fields of smart materials, structural design and production techniques.
The Simona Research Simulator can realistically simulate all types of aircraft, helicopters and even cars. The simulator was specially built for TU Delft and is used as a laboratory for education and research in the fields of flight simulation technology and human-machine interaction.
Students and researchers use the Cleanroom to build and test hardware for spacecraft, such as satellites. The Cleanroom is an immaculately clean laboratory, in which work is conducted as meticulously as possible so that the risk of particle contamination is minimised.
In the human-machine laboratory, there is a fix-based simulator that is able to simulate both aircraft and cars. The small but versatile laboratory is used for experiments involving control functions and research into visual perception.
The Faculty hangar houses a collection of aircraft and spacecraft parts such as cockpits, wings, advanced sensors and rocket parts. It also has a helicopter, a Starfighter, and a test model of Europe’s largest satellite, ENVISAT. Students use the collection for a greater understanding of the design and performance objects with a view to generating new ideas and solutions.
The faculty provides extensive computing facilities for all aerospace engineering students.