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We have an enviable variety of wind tunnels that are used for teaching, research and enterprise. The RJ Mitchell tunnel has been used extensively by Formula 1, Indy Racing League and CART racing teams, LMG GT/GTS-class sports cars and world-leading aerospace companies.
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Our anechoic chamber is one of the largest in the UK, it is an ideal environment for many standard tests such as the measurement of the sound power of a machine, or measurements of microphone and loudspeaker frequency responses.
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mu-VIS is our dedicated centre for computed tomography (CT), providing complete support for 3D imaging science, serving Engineering, Biomedical, Environmental and Archaeological Sciences.
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The Testing and Structures Research Laboratory (TSRL) provides a major regional and national centre for mechanics research with the primary objective of fostering scholarship and scientific enquiry into the behaviour of materials and structures.
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HRH The Princess Royal performed a blessing ceremony for our new 138m towing tank in 2015
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We have a specialist car simulator that offers a realistic driving environment that can be used to investigate driver behaviour
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Our flight simulator is unique in the UK, and plays an important role for our students in the design, testing and manufacturing aspects of air vehicles.
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Our unique 6-axis motion simulator is capable of reproducing transport environments, with control of vibration, noise, temperature, and humidity. Research is conducted in various areas of human response, including ride comfort, perception of vibration, postural stability and motion sickness.

Our world-class facilities provide the foundations for our research, education and enterprise activities and are key to the success of engineering at Southampton.

There are over 100 specialist teaching and research laboratories and testing facilities dedicated to engineering across the University.

Working at the cutting edge, we continuously invest in our facilities to ensure that our researchers, staff and students have access to the equipment that will to allow them to develop and test their pioneering ideas.

In 2015, HRH The Princess Royal opened our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus which combines the expertise of the University and of Lloyd's Register. The campus is home to state-of-the-art facilities and is a centre for education, research and enterprise.

Our key facilities include:

RJ Mitchell Wind Tunnel

138m towing tank

Human Factors Research Unit Laboratory 

Geotechnics Laboratory

The Rayleigh Laboratories – acoustic test facilities

Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology & Industrial Aerodynamics

Testing and Structures Research Laboratory (TSRL)

Student Workshops

National Centre of Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

μ-VIS: X-ray Imaging Centre

Anechoic Doak Laboratory

Flight Simulator

Chilworth Drop Test Rig

Engineering Development and Manufacturing Centre (EDMC) which provides a professional engineering design service for students, staff and industry

Autonomous Vehicle Control Systems Laboratory

Science and Engineering Electron Microscopy Centre


Other facilities include:

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