Advanced Aero Propulsion Laboratory

 Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.
                                                                                                          —Albert Einstein


The Advanced Aero Propulsion Laboratory is a leading laboratory for the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, with a diverse and dynamic research program. It contains state-of-the-art testing and diagnostic facilities, not commonly available at university research centers. These include: a Hot Jet Anechoic Facility capable of operating supersonic hot jets - up to 2000 Fahrenheit, a STOVL Test Facility, an optical diagnostic development lab, a supersonic wind tunnel, and a large subsonic wind tunnel.

A number of faculty members actively and collaboratively conduct research at AAPL, examining a broad range of fluid dynamic problems. The main areas of research are high speed flows and their control and the development of non-intrusive diagnostics for the study of complex flows. We study fundamental fluid dynamics problems which also have direct practical applications. Some of the current research programs include: active control of supersonic jet noise and mixing, control of supersonic impinging jets, development of high-fidelity 3D Particle Image Velocimetry (3D-PIV), control of separated flows in engine inlets and over subsonic airfoils, and the development of low mass-flux micro actuators for various flow control applications.

Research is carried out in close collaborations with the partner universities in Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion using funding from state and federal government agencies as well as leading private companies. AAPL is currently preparing a move to a new building in the Innovation Park area, which among many other facilities will feature a 12x12" cross section polysonic windtunnel funded in large part by a National Science Foundation grant.