The department of Aeronautical Engineering has laboratory and computing facilities. At present, the department has Laboratories for Structures, Propulsion, Modeling and Simulation. The department has a Low Speed Wind Tunnel. The faculty and students work in collaboration with other departments of NMIT. Other facilities include workshops and Laboratories for Energy Conversion , Foundry and Forge, Fluid Mechanics, Measurements and Metrology , Materials Testing. Flight Simulation, Flight Vehicle Design and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratories will be setup at the department soon. A brief description of existing laboratory facilities is given below.

Computer Lab facility

Computing facilities 25 High end Computers with Ansys (Academic Version), Catia Software Software packages

Structures laboratory

A state of the art Structures Laboratory includes test rigs that students use to study the structural analysis and design of an aircraft. NMIT is unique in that it provides these facilities for learning.

Propulsion laboratory

Students and researchers use the propulsion laboratory to conduct experiments related to aircraft engines, force measurements through wall jets and measurement of speed of flame propagation.

The Tumansky R-25 engine was used on the MiG-21bis and the Sukhoi Su-15bis.

General characteristics:


Modeling and Simulation Laboratory

The Modeling and Simulation laboratory is equipped with software packages such as ANSYS Workbench, CFD Tools MATLAB and SIMULINK that are to students. Typical ANSYS/CFD analysis results for an airfoil are shown below:

Analysis using ANSYS Workbench
Meshing improvements by grid generation

Low Speed Wind Tunnel

The Aerodynamics laboratory is well equipped with a computerized Low Speed Wind Tunnel that is used to demonstrate the nature of flow using flow visualization techniques. The nature of pressure distribution over various body shapes such as symmetrical airfoils, asymmetrical airfoils, and cylinders can be studied. The Wind Tunnel is also fitted with a 3-Component Force Balance that can be used to study the lift, drag and pitching moments on airfoils at different angles of attack and flow velocities.

Low Speed Wind Tunnel