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Introducing Plasmatron X

The only hypersonics facility of its kind in the United States, facilitating research in high-temperature materials and structures, plasma modeling, and diagnostics for materials, plasma and hypersonic flows.

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The Center for Hypersonics and Entry Systems Studies (CHESS) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers in The Grainger College of Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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We draw from expertise in high performance computing and state-of-the-art experimental facilities to support fundamental advances in hypersonics and entry system technologies.

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Press Releases

Grad student receives NASA award to study heat shields for Mars exploration

In studying the response of materials to intense heat, aerospace engineering Ph.D. candidate Vishnu Oruganti is specifically studying the silicone filler that bonds together the tiles of a heat shield. 

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News | June 27, 2022

Stephani joins National Academies board

MechSE associate professor Kelly Stephani has been appointed to the Board on Army Research and Development for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

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News | April 7, 2022

Bodony participant in three new hypersonics research projects

Aerospace engineering professor Daniel J. Bodony is on the research leadership teams for recently funded projects from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics.

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News | March 28, 2022

Why is the use of hypersonic missiles in the Russia-Ukraine conflict significant?

Mechanical science and engineering professor Kelly Stephani talks to the News Bureau what makes hypersonic missiles different than more conventional missiles and weighs in on the state of the science within the U.S.

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News | March 28, 2022


Sponsoring Agencies

Air Force Research Laboratory Air Force Office of Scientific Research         Joint Hypersonics Transition Office        USDRE       Department of Energy

Lockheed Martin                Ultramet          The Grainger College of Engineering