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Facilities and Equipment

The School of Mechanical Engineering has specialised infrastructure and equipment that is relevant to the defence industry.

Adelaide Wind Tunnel

Wind Tunnels

The school operates a multi-million dollar wind tunnel that has closed and open sections for investigating when air flows over an object. In addition the school has other open and closed section wind tunnels, and an anechoic wind tunnel with a microphone array for measuring the noise generated as air flows over objects.

Water Tunnel

Water Tunnels

Water tunnels are used to investigate the disturbances caused as water flow over objects by using bubble injection, injected dye, and imaging using lasers.

Acoustic Chambers

Acoustic Chambers

The school has special acoustic chambers that include a large anechoic room, which absorbs sound, and two large reverberation chambers used for measuring the transmission loss of panels, the absorption of materials, and the sound power of machines.

Diesel Engine Testing Facility

Diesel Engine Testing Facility

The school operates a special purpose laboratory with a large diesel engine that is loaded by a water-brake dynamometer, that is used for research and development of technologies to reduce exhaust noise.

Laser Diagnostics of Combustion

Combustion Laboratory

Laser diagnostics is used to investigate the flow structures and combustion products using advance laser imaging techniques.

3D Scanning Laser Vibrometer

Laser Vibrometers

The school has 3D scanning, 2D scanning and torsional vibrometers for measuring the vibration of structures. The instruments can also be used to detect defects in structures.

Lasers for PIV

Laser Diagnostics

Lasers are used for Particle Image Velocitimetry (PIV), laser doppler velocimetry (LDV), planar nephelometry, laser sheet drop-sizing (LSD), two-line atomic fluorescence (TLAF), laser induced incandescence (LII), planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF). Learn more

Solid State Thermal Simulator

Solid State Thermal Simulator

A fibre optical deliver head enables the delivery of solar power onto a suitable target, without the need of large ellipsoidal reflectors usually employed for the conventional arc solar simulators.

Other items of specialised equipment include:

  • 3D Digital Image Correlation system
  • Corrosion testing
  • Ultrasonic probe for defect detection
  • Exhaust gas analysis testing
  • Automotive engine eddy current dynamometer laboratory
  • Large vibration shakers
  • Large 6 DOF hydraulic hexapod
  • Wear testing
  • Kistler Force Plate
  • Delsys EMG system
  • WattBike
  • Cosmed portable metabolic system
  • High-Speed cameras
  • Thermal Imaging camera
  • Inition Natural Point 3D Motion Capture System
  • Sensorize 3D inertial sensors (with GPS)

In addition, the School has access to University infrastructure such as:


School of Mechanical Engineering


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