The Thermal Acoustic Fatigue Apparatus (TAFA) is a facility for testing combined thermal and acoustic loads.

Facility CharacteristicsTAFA

Progressive wave tube with radiant heating

Types of Testing

  • Nonlinear structural dynamic response prediction validation
  • High cycle fatigue of high performance aircraft and spacecraft structures
  • Combined thermal and acoustic loads

Other Facility Features

  • Narrow band acoustic control
  • 10 zone closed-loop thermal control
  • Extensive Measurements capability
    • Pressure
    • Strain
    • Acceleration
    • Velocity
    •  Temperature
    • Heat flux
  • Damage detection using
    • Thermography
    • Radiography
    • Ultrasonics

Facility Document

Improvements to Progressive Wave Tube Performance Through Closed-Loop Control


Stephen A. Rizzi (