Our facilities

We have many world-class, large scale and national facilities that enhance the quality and value of our research and teaching. Many of our facilities are available for external use.


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    3D print hub

    Providing 3D printing services, support and professional training

  • Wind Tunnel

    8x4 Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel

    The atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel is a purpose-built facility designed specifically to simulate flow fields associated with atmospheric winds.

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    8x6 Wind Tunnel

    The 2.4 x 1.8m wind tunnel facility was designed to test and develop air-vehicle performance.

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    Accident Investigation Facilities

    Cranfield’s Accident Investigation Laboratory supports the work which is carried out in the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre.

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    Aeronautics Centre

    Nine wind tunnels under the curatorship of the Aeromechanical Systems Group

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    Aerospace Autonomy Laboratory

    Research into autonomy involves medium and large aerial platforms, developing algorithms, sensors, communications and network systems for aerospace

  • Airspace simulator

    Air Traffic Management Laboratory

    Providing a holistic approach for transformational research in air transportation and air traffic management

  • CDS CFI Biomechanics

    Biomechanics Laboratories

    A world-renowned research group which are able to investigate human and biological remains in a safe and secure manner

  • Boundary layer Tunnel

    Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel

    BLWT is an open circuit, blow-down tunnel which was commissioned, designed, and built by the Aeromechanical Systems Group

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    Breakthrough Innovation Hub

    Providing design, build and testing spaces devoted to interdisciplinary research across science, engineering and design

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    Cabin Evacuation Facility

    Cranfield has two aircraft cabin simulators, a large Cabin Evacuation Simulator and a narrow body Cabin Simulator

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    Clean Room

    We use our class 100,000 cleanroom to assemble spacecraft payloads for launch into space.

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    Closed Section Wind Tunnel

    CSWT is a closed section, closed circuit tunnel which has been designed, built and commissioned by the Aeromechanical Systems Group

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    Closed Section Wind Tunnel - Small Section

    A closed section, closed circuit tunnel, designed, built and commissioned by the Aeromechanical Systems Group

  • Cranfield Impact Centre

    Cranfield Impact Centre

    An internationally respected facility with expertise in vehicle crashworthiness and occupant simulation