University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Advanced Energy and Propulsion Laboratory is part of the Mechanical Science and engineering Department on the main campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The labs are located in room 206, 101, and 120 of the Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB).

Lab 206 MEB: Fuel Technology and Laser Diagnostics Laboratory

Advanced Energy and Propulsion Laboratory

The laser diagnostics laboratory is equipped with a variety of laser and optical diagnostics equipment including high powered lasers and intensified CCD cameras for laser induced fluorescence (LIF) and planar LIF imaging, spectrometers for multi-spectral emission measurements, PIV laser and control system for particle tracking and velocimetry, infrared (IR) cameras IR thermometry, lasers for laser doppler velocimetry (LDV), high speed diode pumped Nd:YAG & dye lasers as well as high speed intensified CMOS cameras for KHz PLIF imaging. In addition to the laser and optical diagnostics equipment, following energy and propulsion research test stands are available in our labs.

  • Rapid Compression Machine with Direct Fuel Test Chamber
  • High Pressure Shock Tube Facility
  • ARC M1 Combustor Diagnostics Facility
  • Direct Plasma Coupled Combustors
  • GC/MS Facility for fuel speciation
  • ONR Mesoscale Array Combustor Test Facility
  • ACT-II, a new high hypersonic arc-powered wind tunnel capable of fight relevant enthalpies of more than 2700 K and flow speeds exceeding Mach 9