TA2 Facility 4 – AU Planetary Environment Facility
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TA2 Facility 4 – AU Planetary Environment Facility

 The Planetary Environment Facility at Aarhus University houses a low pressure recirculating cryogenic wind tunnel which can be used to study wind driven particulate transport such as sand, ice and dust aerosols. It can reproduce the conditions found at the surface of Mars, Earth as well as thin atmospheres found on a range of planetary bodies and upper atmospheres.

With a volume of 38 m3 the main simulator facility is able to house most science instrumentation and a variety of experimental configurations.

These facilities are accessible to the scientific community for collaborative research and also to industry, including space agencies (e.g. ESA, NASA). A broad range of research topics have been supported at this facility including Planetology, Volcanology, Meteorology and the study of Aerosols.


Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, Aarhus C, 8000, Denmark.

Jonathan Merrison, merrison@phys.au.dk
Jens Jacob Iversen, jji@phys.au.dk

Main facility webpage

Report summaries of TA visits to facility

Self- built box in the wind tunnel at the beginning of the experiment. 20-EPN-078_AU_Abrasion Experiment. Credit: J.Merrison, Z.Kapui
20-EPN-078: Abrasion test to understand aeolian grain surface evolution on Mars versus Earth –...

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