Jet Engine Test CellThe Jet Engine Test cell, located at the heart of USU's campus, allows students and faculty the opportunity to test-run both reciprocating engines and turbine engines in a safe environment. The engine run area is a multi-layer, fully enclosed steel structure, separated from the control room by four explosion-proof windows. The test cell is also engineered with noise attenuation which allows us to run the engines any time of day without disturbing nearby classes.
To date, we have had no failures of aircraft engines in our test cell.
The luxury of testing engines separate from airframes at the test cell, which is directly attached to our powerplants lab, is unique to our program at Utah State University. The students are always hesitantly excited to test their engine overhaul work, and having a Jet Engine test cell provides us the safe and convenient facility to run engines and gather data.