The Department of Aeronautical Engineering has advanced laboratories and high speed computing facilities as per the aeronautical Engineering requirements. The laboratories are sectioned as per the course structure and advancement in aerospace fields. All these laboratories are developed as per the present curriculum and knowledge inducements, like Aircraft Structures, Aerodynamics both at low and high speed calculation, Aircraft Propulsion lab, Flight Control Avionics Lab and Advanced computational and Design Lab.The Department has Low Speed Wind Tunnel facility and high-speed wind-tunnel facility (Hypersonic facilities) in the process of development. Also, the department is taking care to train the students on Control Engineering, Space technology and Computational programming under the process of developing such facilities. Excluding to those, other facilities available are workshops, advanced manufacturingLab and Laboratories for Energy Conversion, Foundry and Forge, Fluid Mechanics, Measurements and Metrology and Materials Testing. Flight Simulation, Flight Vehicle Design, Aircraft System Lab. and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratories will be setup soon. The pictorial view of Department Laboratories and training facilities are shown in below.
Computing facilities 55 High end Computers with ANSYS (Academic Version), CATIA Software packages and some of the Opensource software are included for student learning and skill development in the field of Aeronautical Computation methodology.
There are 11 experimental set-ups for Structural analysis included with the help of COE Aerospace. Also, a state of the art Structures Laboratory includes test rigs that students use to study the structural analysis and the design of an aircraft. NMIT is a unique institution to provide these facilities for learning.
Some key aspects of propulsion lab is to teach students about the fundamental aspects of Combustion and Propulsion and provide facility for researchers to use the propulsion laboratory to conduct experiments related to aircraft engines, force measurements through wall jets and measurement of speed of flame propagation. Along with this, a steady state Gas Turbine engine is also included to display the students about its operational behavior.
The Modeling and Simulation laboratory is equipped with software packages such as ANSYS Workbench, CFD Tools MATLAB and SIMULINK that are helpful for the students. Typical ANSYS/CFD analysis results for an airfoil carried out by aeronautical students are shown below:
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.
Excluding to these a living model of trainer aircraft is also available for student to view the functional components of the aircraft.