LONDON, UK – April 4, 2016 – Element Materials Technology’s world-leading Jupiter location has expanded its elevated temperature bleed air facility to support the development and manufacture of the next generation of aero engines. The location now tests to increased temperature, pressure and flow ranges, reflecting the change in industry demands for more fuel efficient engine models.
Element Jupiter is the Element Group’s Center of Technical Excellence for Aircraft and Engine Systems. Its product qualification testing (PQT) capabilities can now simulate the most extreme bleed air turbine engine systems with temperatures up to 1800 °F and pressures up to 1500 PSIG, delivering services at the leading edge of the aviation industry. This capability allows Element to support Primes and their supply chain partners in the R&D and manufacture of new aero engines which operate at higher temperatures and incorporate new materials, such as the expanded use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in engine components, to deliver greater levels of fuel efficiency.
Rick Sluiters, Element’s Executive Vice President, Aerospace, comments: “Element Jupiter’s technical capabilities are world-renowned, so strengthening its breadth of service and augmenting capacity will allow us to increase business significantly. Bleed air testing is a core service, but the investment made allows us to test and record much higher levels than before, demonstrating our commitment to becoming the best and most trusted testing partner in the Aerospace sector by ensuring we meet the most challenging demands of our clients.”
The addition of this capability follows investment at Element Jupiter and its nearby Element Melbourne over the last two years. Element is doubling the capacity at its Melbourne location allowing the relocation of some Climatic and Dynamic facilities from Jupiter. This will allow for the creation of additional dedicated hydraulic and pneumatic test cells, decreasing setup costs and increasing capacity for clients.
Sluiters continues: “At Element, our platform structure allows us to utilize multiple and complimentary laboratories in this highly demanding sector. Our focus on Jupiter and Melbourne was to maximize our ability to service key clients as a strategic partner, in-filling technical expertise while creating client-specific suites that are tailored to very specific needs in terms of capacity and operational demand.”
About Element:Element is a company with a global presence; its laboratories are staffed by experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Transportation & Industrials sectors. Element’s team of over 1,800 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 53 laboratories located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For a complete list of Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit www.element.com.
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“Bleed air testing is a core service, but the investment made allows us to test and record much higher levels than before, demonstrating our commitment to becoming the best and most trusted testing partner in the Aerospace sector.”