Our facilities

We have many world-class, large scale and national facilities that enhance the quality and value of our research and teaching. You can browse our facilities below or filter your results by using the search box on the right. Many of our facilities are available for external use.


  • Hexagon

    Hexagon Loxham Laboratory

    A 600 metre2 temperature-controlled facility (1 Deg C control accuracy) housing ultra precision machines for large, free-form optics production

  • 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.

  • Wind Tunnel

    8x6 Wind Tunnel

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

  • Accident investigation

    Accident Investigation Facilities

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

  • ACTC Lab

    Advanced Thermal Conversion Technology Lab

    Study novel routes for the conversion and upgrading of biobased and fossil-derived feedstocks.

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    Aeronautics Centre

    The Centre has nine wind tunnels under the curatorship of the Aeromechanical Systems Group

  • intelligent automation lab

    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)

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

  • Cabin

    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 - Small Section

    The Closed Section Wind Tunnel (CSWT) is an closed section, closed circuit tunnel, designed, built and commissioned by the Aeromechanical Systems Group

  • Closed Section wind Tunnel

    Closed Section Wind Tunnel (CSWT)

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

  • CDS CFI Large Cobalt 60 Gamma Radiation Source

    Cobalt 60 Gamma Source

    The large cobalt 60 source, one of the largest in the United Kingdom, is used by government agencies, defence contractors, and the nuclear power industry to evaluate the performance of equipment