New facility creates ‘Trifecta’ at Purdue – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Inside Business) – The dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering says the newly announced Hypersonic Ground Test Center in the Purdue Aerospace District will “co-create jobs and knowledge” in the hypersonic area. The facility is operated by an independent, not-for-profit consortium of industry members and is hosted by Purdue. Mung Chiang, who also serves as Purdue’s executive vice president, says the combination of the facility with Purdue’s own $ 41 million Hypersonic Applied Research Facility and Rolls-Royce’s recently announced test center will make the university the epicenter of hypersonic research will do.

In an interview with Inside Business, Chiang said the HGTC will bring benefits beyond university.

“This is good for the university because now the professors have more research grants and research partnerships, and our students have even more options,” said Chiang. “It’s good for our neighborhood because it creates jobs. It’s good for the of Indiana. As Governor Holcomb pointed out, the national defense technology industry is one of the main pillars of economic growth in our state, as is the country [Purdue] President Mitch Daniels’ announcement that national security technology is a key priority for Purdue’s next steps. ”

Chiang says hypersonic research is essential to protecting the airspace for the United States. It encompasses a wide variety of materials that can operate under such high-speed conditions, controlling systems engineering, combustion and propulsion, and aerodynamics.

The HGTC will mainly focus on ground tests, which Chiang says are essential to ensure the operation of future hypersonic systems.

“It is run as an independent, non-profit consortium. In this way, different companies can become members of this consortium, ”he said. “So when you look at the Trifecta – the Purdue investment, the Rolls-Royce investment, and now a nationwide, industry-wide investment all happening in the same place at the same time – it’s really exciting.”

Rolls-Royce is a founding member of the consortium along with seven other companies. Chiang says the university expects more industry representatives to join the consortium and plans to build the HGTC will begin.

“We’re going to sit down with all industry members of this independent, not-for-profit consortium and explore the specifications,” said Chiang. “From there we continue in the direction of the next steps in further building.”

Chiang says the university’s steps toward becoming an integral part of hypersonic research are the result of hard work from a variety of sources.

“It takes the whole village for that. It takes many boiler manufacturers and all of the Hoosier to make it through. We are excited to see the future and what it means for job creation, knowledge creation and national security. So I think the students and faculty and students at Purdue who have been able to attract all of these companies should deserve that credit too, because without great human talent we couldn’t win the caliber of private sector leaders here like we do today . “

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