Although primarily an undergraduate teaching laboratory, the Aerospace Materials Laboratory is also used for graduate student instruction and research. The primary piece of equipment for the laboratory is an electromechanical universal testing machine. It is used for tensile and fracture testing of steel, aluminum and composite materials.
The primary facility for this laboratory is a variable Mach number supersonic blowdown wind tunnel. The tunnel is supplied by high-pressure air that is stored in a tank farm located in the basement of WRW. The students also conduct one lab that uses a 0.22-caliber ballistics range.
The Satellite Program at UT Austin is housed in two primary locations: the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL) on the main UT campus and the Flight Integration laboratory at the Center for Space Research (CSR). The facilities are devoted to student design, prototyping, and flight assembly work. Educational opportunities are offered to undergraduate and graduate students under faculty supervision in each of these facilities.
The Electromechanical Systems Laboratory is equipped with five workstations that consist of a workbench, an Instron tensile/compression testing machine, computer with National Instruments E-series data acquisition card, sensors to measure temperature, displacement, strain, acceleration, force and pressure, and breadboards to make electronic circuits.
The Subsonic Aerodynamics Laboratory consists of a closed-circuit subsonic wind tunnel, a free-surface water channel, and related instruments. The tests conducted by students in ASE 120K provide valuable hands-on experience in modern measurement and instrumentation techniques applied to the testing of shapes in subsonic flow.