Facilities: Overview

The group employs a variety of facilities for studying fundamental gasdynamics, combustion, and kinetic phenomena. Three shock tubes are used for studying kinetics. An aerosol shock tube is used to investigate droplet shockwave interaction. A high-pressure burner is used to study combustion and develop diagnostics under conditions similar to those in gas turbine engines. A laboratory-scale pulse detonation engine (PDE) is used for the development of laser diagnostics for PDEs. Finally, an expansion tube is used to study supersonic flows.

The high pressure shock tube gives the Hanson Group the capacity for testing at 1000 atm.
This shock tube, sponsored by NASA, is capable of precise ignition time measurements. It is the facility where Professor Hanson did his doctoral work.
The kinetics tube is capable of near-ideal, constant-volume experiment conditions.
The aerosol shock tube is able to measure pyrolysis and ignition delay in low-vapor-pressure fuels such as biodiesel and jet fuel. It is also the lab's primary facility for planar laser-induced flourescence (PLIF) studies. Finally, the facility is used for studies of biological spore breakup at high temperatures and pressures.
The High Bay Shock Tube is currently under construction.
The pulse detonation engine is used to study gas temperature, species, and velocity in a precision combustion environment.
The high pressure burner is capable of laminar flames in pressures of up to 60 bar.
The high uniformity tube furnace facility provides the ideal environment for quantitative measurements of absorption spectra and spectral parameters (line strength, line-broadening coefficients, etc.). It is also provides controlled conditions for sensor validations.