Research Facilities

  • The Advanced Composite Research Unit (ACRU) Composites Laboratory houses an American Autoclave, which is used for manufacturing of high-quality polymer matrix composite components.

  • The Advanced Composite Research Unit (ACRU) Composites Laboratory houses a reusable vacuum bagging system, including Heatcon composite bonders for thermosetting resin curing.

  • The Advanced Composite Research Unit (ACRU) Composites Laboratory houses a hot press, which is used for manufacturing of thermoplastic composite parts and specimens.

  • During 2020, the need to reach students normally studying face to face courses on wireless security was prioritised and a strategy enacted to allow UNSW Canberra to create our VPN Wireless Range.

  • The Two-Stage Light Gas Gun is one of the University's flagship pieces of equipment. It is versatile, boasting three different firing configurations to suit the needs of most high-velocity impact experiment.

  • The T-ADFA facility is an Australian-developed experimental device capable of generating flows with the speed of up to 12 times the speed of sound at temperatures that can simulate Earth entry conditions and hypersonic air-breathing flight. This facility also has developed state-of-the-art laser-

  • The Supersonic Wind Tunnel and Shock Tube Laboratory houses a Mach 2 to 3 blowdown supersonic tunnel and two shock tube facilities for steady and non-steady high-speed flow experiments. All three facilities are used for the investigation of steady and non-steady high-speed flows.

  • The Special Collections within the Academy Library at UNSW Canberra house 13,500 rare books and 350+ manuscript collections as well as theses, videos, maps, Commonwealth records, photographs, slides, and negatives. We provide both physical and digital access, to support UNSW Canberra’s teaching,

  • We play a vital role in the US Air Force Academy’s world-wide Falcon Telescope Network, housing one of the 12 telescopes. Working in collaboration with institutions from across the globe, the University provides the infrastructure needed to support the Canberra node. 

  • The Aviation Safety Studio is a space dedicated to flight simulation for teaching concepts such as aviation safety, aircraft performance, aircraft design, and flight stability and control.

  • The Academy Library houses exceptional print and electronic scholarly resources that support teaching, learning and research at UNSW Canberra.

  • Our thermal vacuum chamber laboratory replicates space environments and is used to test how objects and materials will behave in those conditions. It features two chambers and solar simulation capability.

  • A suite of spectrometers is routinely employed for 57Fe- and 169Tm-Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements at room temperature and over the temperature range, 4.2 - 300 K, with a high-temperature furnace (300- 720 K) for 57Fe.

  • UNSW Canberra Space is equipped with two satellite ground stations that enable us to communicate with our spacecraft. One is located on campus, while a larger industrial-grade satellite is positioned just outside the ACT border in Yass, hosted by our ground station partner Cingulan Space.