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ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT COMPLEX

The Arnold Engineering Development Complex operates more than 55 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges, sled tracks, centrifuges and other specialized units.  Read the full fact sheet here.

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  • OL-AC - LGTF

    Unique CapabilitiesVariable inertia dynamometers - Tire, wheel and brake testing. Fixed inertia dynamometers - Tire wear, qualification and friction measurement on replicated runway surfaces. Tire Force - Mechanical properties. Compression and tension load applicators - Force vs Deflection. 4 Drop Towers - Impact Testing. Burst Pit - Strength
  • PROPULSION WIND TUNNEL 16T

    Propulsion Wind Tunnel 16T, located in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility, provides flight vehicle developers with the aerodynamic, propulsion integration, and weapons integration test capabilities needed for accurate prediction of system performance.  Large-scale models can be accommodated in the 16-foot-square, 40-foot long test section and be
  • PROPULSION WIND TUNNEL FACILITY

    The Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility, located at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., holds three wind tunnels -- the 16-foot transonic (16T), 16-foot supersonic (16S), and the aerodynamic 4-foot transonic (4T). The facility is devoted to aerodynamic and propulsion integration testing of large-scale aircraft models. 
  • SEA LEVEL TEST CELLS

    Sea-Level Test Cells SL-2 and SL-3, test cells in the Engine Test Facility, provide the capability to economically conduct durability testing on large augmented turbine engines at near sea-level conditions (1,000 foot altitude) by eliminating the cost of running inlet and exhaust plant machinery.The cells are approximately 24 feet in height and
  • SENSOR CHAMBER 10V

    The 10-foot vacuum (10V) Chamber provides mission simulation capability for interceptor and surveillance sensor systems. The space chamber is able to verify sensor performance in simulated operational environments against simulated operational scenarios (Hardware-in-the-Loop). A facility modification was initiated in response to a need for an
  • Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT)

    STAT is a ground test facility for evaluating the performance of materials, components, subsystems, and small satellites in a test environment capable of providing conditions from low Earth orbit to geosynchronous operations.
  • THE VON KARMAN GAS DYNAMICS FACILITY WIND TUNNELS

    The von Karman Gas Dynamics Facility, located at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn., is the nation's largest aerospace ground test facility complex. The von Karman Gas Dynamics Facility (Hypersonic Wind Tunnels A/B/C) The von Karman Gas Dynamics Facility has three continuous-flow units, Tunnels A, B and C. The tunnels are used
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