AARL Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratories

Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratories

The research conducted in the Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratories extends from the very fundamental to the applied, from the very small laboratory scale to full application scale, and covers a wide variety of aerospace applications. AARL, located adjacent to The Ohio State University’s Don Scott Airport, has a rich heritage reaching back to the 1950s when the AARL personnel built the first U.S. supersonic free-jet wind tunnel, the first continuous flow heated air hypersonic wind tunnel, the first arc-driven shock tunnel and a unique low turbulence transonic tunnel for airfoil testing.

AARL encompasses two additional laboratories: the Gas Dynamics and Turbulence Laboratory (GDTL) and the Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL). AARL has been a major center of aerospace research and graduate education and has been the site of many innovative research activities and centers including NASA’s General Aviation Airfoil Design and Analysis Center in the 1970s, NASA’s Hypersonic Research and Training Center in the 1990s, and the Air Force’s Collaborative Center of Control Science in the 2000s.

For any questions, contact Professor Mo Samimy, Director of AARL at samimy.1@osu.edu.

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