In an industry where failure is not an option, Element can help to ensure that aircraft engines meet all safety standards and testing requirements. Our powerful equipment gives us the ability to reproduce the extreme vibration conditions of an aircraft engine facing a catastrophic failure, such as a fan blade out event.
Fan blade out events occurs when a foreign object (normally a bird) is ingested by an aircraft’s engine, causing rotor blades to detach. The result is windmilling vibration, which often causes enough damage to halt power production, although the engine will continue to rotate due to the incoming airflow. This phenomenon is known as sustained engine imbalance, or ‘windmilling,’ and places a significant strain on an aircraft’s flight systems.
Windmilling testing ensures that these systems can handle the stress and remain operational. While these extreme conditions are difficult to replicate in standard testing, our LDS V8 electrodynamic test system can simulate even extreme events, providing the certainty you need to demonstrate your product’s compliance to any standard.
The Element Advantage
In addition to windmilling, Element has the largest capacity for aerospace EMC and environmental testing in the UK, testing over a thousand aerospace products each year across six locations. We work with you to provide support through all stages of product qualification testing, helping to ensure that you can deliver against airframe manufacturers’ imposed qualification milestones. We can help you mitigate the risk of failing to meet critical deadlines such as safety of flight, and of receiving punitive measures for late delivery.
UKAS accredited to BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, we deliver a unique range of wider testing and validation often required by aerospace manufacturers during qualification, including:
- Direct and Indirect Lightning Testing
- High Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) Testing
- Altitude Testing
- Engineering Simulation & Finite Element Analysis
- Explosive Atmosphere
Our reliable results and timely approach have made Element the preferred testing partner for many of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers. Whether you are performing routine testing or looking to develop and take your products to market, we can help make your project a success.
High Cycle Fatigue Testing of Engine Airfoils
Element provides indispensable High Cycle Fatigue Testing (HCF Testing) of engine airfoils for service life limit analysis, simulating high vibrations conditions of airfoils during operation.
Engine Casing Testing
Main Engine Casing of the compressor modules of aircraft engines have to be capable to withstand high loads from multiple directions and large numbers of fatigue cycles throughout their life. To simulate these environments and load conditions, specifically designed test rigs with more than 30 actuators operated simultaneously are used by Element to apply these multi-axial load scenarios.
The project typically includes the development of the test concept, all necessary computer simulations, the design and adaptation of the facility, mechanical equipment and adjacent dummy parts as well as in the proper instrumentation of the specimens with e.g. strain gauges. This type of test usually is running for several months in 24/7 testing mode using full authority controls.
Spin Testing Services
A critical part of aero engine development, experts at Element's spin testing facilities examine nearly every kind of rotating components of aero engines, turbine compressors, turbochargers and blowers under realistic conditions using highly sophisticated spin test rigs.
Find out how Element's comprehensive fuel system testing programs simulate in-service conditions at our world-class testing facilities.
Aerospace EMI EMC Testing
State-of-the-art ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratories enable us to test a wide range of products from the smallest components to the largest electrical power management systems for commercial and military aircraft.
Aerospace Materials Testing
As the largest independent materials testing provider in the global Aerospace sector, Element is well-positioned to meet your every requirement, from early stage R&D development projects, materials testing for production through to solutions for in-service challenges.
Hydraulics & Pneumatics
Find out how Element tests hydraulic and pneumatic based fluid power systems for the global Aerospace sector.