GTRI

Our Testing Facilities

Our Testing Facilities

GTRI operates a variety of leading-edge research facilities. We maintain nearly 892,000 square feet of laboratory and facility space supporting a wide range of research, as well as test and evaluation activities.

Accessibility Evaluation Facility

The Accessibility Evaluation Facility supports industry and government through the measurement of the ease of use of devices, services and packaging, the development of design solutions targeted at improving ease of use for all users, and research into the application of emerging technologies to universal design.

Aeroacoustics Facilities

These unique and world-class facilities support programs that target noise problems in traditional aerospace systems, novel aerospace vehicle noise, and total system noise. The facilities are also home to leading-edge sensor development, acoustic liner development, UAV development, intelligent systems and test and evaluation of highly integrated systems where noise is a primary design constraint.

These facilities have been developed to work in concert with GTRI’s aerodynamic facilities. The test section of GTRI’s low speed wind tunnels allows the same test article to be installed in the flight simulation anechoic chamber. This provides a unique capability where aerodynamic performance can be mapped under the same conditions in which the acoustic performance is determined.

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Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Laboratories

This facility boasts 11,500 sq. ft. of laboratory space devoted to analytical and environmental chemistry, specifically integrated optic device testing, characterization and surface chemistry preparation, and the assembly and testing of integrated optic and integrated optical waveguide biological/chemical sensors. These laboratories include exhaust hoods and containment chambers designed to handle hazardous vapors and chemicals. Wet chemistry laboratories consist of two rooms with approximately 1500 sq. ft. of space suitable for synthesis, analytical chemistry and spectroscopic analysis.

Compact Range - Atlanta Campus

In 2011, GTRI opened a new compact range that will be used for radar cross section measurements and antenna testing. The new facility, which is shielded against electromagnetic interference, will be used for GTRI’s defense-related research projects and collaborations with outside companies. Located at GTRI’s midtown Atlanta campus, the new range is 18 feet high, 24 feet wide and 60 feet long, with a 10-foot by 12-foot door for bringing in devices to be tested. The facility has a test zone that is approximately six feet wide, four feet tall and six feet deep. It can test at frequencies ranging from two gigahertz (GHz) to 100 gigahertz, and that range can be extended down to 800 megahertz (MHz). The facility is completely surrounded by metal walls and doors designed to keep out electromagnetic energy from a broad range of sources. The compact range concept was invented at GTRI in the 1960s by researcher Richard Johnson.

Computational Facilities

The Center for Optimization of Simulated Multiple Object Systems (COSMOS) includes 500 computer cores for engagement simulations of UV/VIS/IR threats, signatures, and self-protection systems. Uses the GTSIMS multiplayer simulation architecture for threat and countermeasure simulation and biologically-inspired optimization.

Electromagnetic Test and Evaluation Facility (EMTEF)

EMTEF is a multi-purpose, wideband, electromagnetic test facility that can test virtually every antenna, from cellular to satellite. EMTEF is comprised of several test ranges and laboratories that allow our customers to perform a large spectrum of tests and evaluations through one central facility.

Environmental Radiation Center (ERC)

In operation since 1977, the ERC performs research, service, and student training in radiological monitoring of the environment. As a service, the laboratory performs analyses for very low levels of environmental radioactivity. The Laboratory processes over 1000 samples per year for Safe Drinking Water compliance testing. These ongoing projects provide trained professionals and state-of-the-art radiation detection instruments that support the research and training.

Food Processing Technology Building

GTRI’s state-of-the-art Food Processing Technology Building is a world-class center for academic research, prototype systems and technology development, and public interaction.

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GTRI Conference Center

The GTRI Conference Center is the perfect venue for federal, state, university and professional society events. It is also available to select nonprofit organizations. The facility is home to more than 300 events each year. With over 10,000 square feet of prime event space, it is the ideal place for small to mid-sized events.

High Power Laboratory Facility

This facility is one of the best-equipped in the country dedicated to the characterization, development, and testing of power electronic components, assemblies, systems, and effects at voltages up to 100 kV and peak power levels up to 10 MW. The facility offers liquid cooling, multi-voltage, multi-frequency prime power, state-of-the-art power systems analyzers and a wide array of instrumentation.

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Human Systems Engineering Facilities

GTRI's Human Systems Engineering facilities support a wide variety of human performance research and human factors testing and evaluation activities and include the Accessibility Evaluation Facility, Usability Testing Facility, Mini CoVE (in development), Cockpit Prototyping Facility, C4I Simulator and Virtual Auditory Displays Laboratory.

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Landmarc Research Center

This research facility includes mobile and wireless technology development facilities focusing on RIM/Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, Mac OSX. Available hardware includes head-mounted display technology, smartphones, PDAs, and handheld video game devices with WIFI, Bluetooth, and RFID connectivity.

LIDAR Laboratories

GTRI is home to four LIDAR laboratories, with a total of 1600 square feet of floor space. Two of the labs have electrically-operated roof hatches that provide a view of the zenith sky. The labs are fully equipped and house several lasers, telescopes, detectors, and data systems that are used in prototype lidar systems. One lab houses an operational ozone and aerosol lidar known as NEXLASER.

Low and High Speed Wind Tunnels

In these specialized facilities, used for advanced aerodynamics and flow control research, GTRI experts push the limits of their research and provide baseline and conceptual aerodynamics and propulsion data as inputs to various simulations, design processes, and performance evaluations for government and industry sponsors.

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Machine Services Department

Machine Services designs, fabricates, assembles, repairs and modifies individual parts or entire mechanical devices used for research projects or other needs. More than 90 tools and four types of PC programming/design software are at our disposal to complete each job.

Materials Analysis Center (MAC)

MAC includes 3,100 sq. ft. of secure laboratory space used for chemical and materials processing and analytical/materials testing. The MAC has numerous instruments and equipment to facilitate quantitative and qualitative materials analysis.

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Medical Device Test Center

Electromagnetic emissions from security and logistical technologies that surround us can produce potential interference with implanted and externally worn medical devices. GTRI's Medical Device Test Center simulates real-world exposure to these technologies to identify interactions and help manufacturers improve compatibility.

Microsystems Technology Cleanroom

This 3000 sq. ft. class 10/100 cleanroom facility supports advanced research in microelectronics and nanotechnologies. The entire facility is secure and is certified to conduct sensitive research.

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Nanotechnology Laboratory

GTRI is home to over 2,000 sq feet of laboratory space dedicated to carbon nanotube (CNT) production and research.

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Phosphor Technology Center of Excellence (PTCOE)

Since its inception PTCOE has been involved in the growth, synthesis and characterization of phosphor materials and thin-film structures for all types of display applications such as photoluminescent LCDs, field emission displays, cathode ray tubes, plasma display panels, and electroluminescent displays. The Phosphor Center at EOSL offers an extensive set of modeling, physical, optical, electrical and cathodoluminescent characterization capabilities.

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GTRI Quantico Modeling & Simulation Facility

The GTRI Quantico Modeling & Simulation Facility located in Quantico, Va., provides a broad spectrum of modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities and support services

Secure Collaborative Visualization Environment (SCoVE)

GTRI researchers address some of the nation’s most pressing problems. In June 2007, GTRI launched SCoVE—a unique environment where systems engineers, analysts and decision makers can discuss sensitive projects and view all the information associated with solutions in a highly comprehensible way.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratory

GTRI’s UAV laboratory consists of work spaces for the fabrication of small UAVs, UAV system components and sensor integration. It also serves as the location for fabrication of various test configurations for use in the GTRI’s other Aerospace Research Facilities. Many of the models and UAVs constructed in this laboratory are tested either in GTRI facilities or field tested at remote sites.