The mission of the National Aerothermochemistry Laboratory is provide a venue for faculty, students, research associates and visiting scientists to improve our knowldege and control of non-equilibrium gaseous flows and their surface interactions. The resulting interdisciplinary research facility has been supported by the AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, NASA, NSF, ONR and Industry. A defining feature of the NAL is the suite of national resource quality facilities, instrumentation and numerical methods. Most of these assets are one-of-kind, and were developed to address specific problems. A second defining characteristic of the laboratory is the student driven interdisciplinary culture, where researchers from various disciplines (Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering) work side-by-side to solve complex problems.

For more information on the research that takes place within the NAL, please visit their website:


  • Blow-Down Hypersonic Tunnel
  • Pulsed Hypersonic Test Cells
  • High-Enthalpy Impulse Tunnels
  • Access to NSF’s TeraGrid, UT’s TACC, NICS’s Kraken high-performance computing platforms.