Bird strike testing is an important part of aerospace product qualification testing. Relentless testing of airplane materials and components is integral to ensure planes are safe and fit for purpose. With state-of-the-art facilities and expert technicians, Element provides realistic simulations that accurately assess the impact of bird strikes on aerospace products. Gain invaluable insights to enhance safety, and optimize design all under one roof.

What Is a Bird Strike Test?

A Bird strike test involves simulating the effects of an airborne bird collision with aerospace products and components such as aircraft structures, engines, and windows. During the flight, if an aeroplane collides with a bird, the high velocities of contact can damage or disable engines, break windscreens, and threaten the structural integrity of an aircraft. Regulatory bodies like the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have set certain aircraft certification standards that require impact testing of both engines and airframe externals. The purpose of these tests is to evaluate the resilience of the aircraft to bird strikes. These tests are of utmost importance in ensuring compliance with strict aviation regulations and maintaining the aircraft's safety.


Benefits of Bird Strike Testing with Element

  • Improve safety: keep your aircraft and passengers safe from bird strikes with our comprehensive testing. We carefully examine aircraft designs to pinpoint vulnerabilities and evaluate the impact of bird collisions, allowing us to implement crucial safety measures.
  • Become more cost-efficient: save time and money by identifying aircraft weaknesses before they become costly issues. Our testing helps you improve resilience against bird strikes, reducing the need for repairs and minimizing downtime. With Element, you can maximize ROI while keeping expenses in check.
  • Develop deeper insights: Make informed decisions with our data-driven insights. Our testing gathers valuable information for aircraft design, maintenance, and operational practices, empowering you to prioritize safety and efficiency.
  • Streamline your testing process: Simplify the testing process with Element as your single-source provider for environmental simulation and qualification testing. Tailored solutions consolidate testing activities, streamlining the qualification process for aerospace equipment, reducing administrative overhead, and accelerating time-to-market for your products. 
  • Expert guidance: Rely on Element's team of experts in bird strike testing for their wealth of knowledge, experience, and technical expertise. They ensure accurate and reliable testing results, helping you make informed decisions about product safety, design improvements, and risk mitigation strategies.  


Enhanced Bird Strike Testing for Informed Decision Making

Making informed decisions is crucial in the aviation industry, especially concerning bird strike risks. Without reliable data and insights, ensuring aircraft safety can be challenging. Element's bird strike testing service provides invaluable data for informed decision-making. Through comprehensive testing, we gather crucial insights into aircraft vulnerability to bird strikes, empowering you to prioritize safety measures effectively. Our high-speed video technology, capturing up to 100K frames per second, offers a detailed analysis of bird impacts. This capability aids in developing precise mitigation strategies, enhancing aircraft resilience against bird strikes.

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David Lichtman

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Streamline Your Testing Process for Efficient Results

Navigating the testing process for aerospace equipment can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Coordinating multiple activities with various providers often leads to delays and increased costs. As a single-source provider for environmental simulation and qualification testing, our lab offers convenience and reliability for manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of aerospace equipment.

Element's bird strike testing facility simulates the effects of an airborne bird strike and the resulting damage to aerospace products and components. Experts in our bird strike lab simulate impacts using a pneumatic cannon that can launch birds of weights of up to 8.0 pounds and speeds up to 360 knots. Our facility is flexible, and our canon is adjustable, allowing us to make multiple shots in multiple locations while minimizing downtime and cost.


Combine Bird Strike Testing with Aerospace PQT

Element offers integrated bird strike testing alongside a range of aerospace qualification tests, providing comprehensive solutions for your needs. Our services include:

  • Direct and indirect lightning testing
  • High-Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) testing
  • Altitude testing
  • Engineering simulation
  • Finite element analysis
  • Explosive atmosphere testing.

Why choose Element?

Are you in search of a trustworthy and effective way to test your aerospace components? Look no further than Element. With over 3,000 skilled technicians, engineers, and scientists on our team, we are a leading authority in bird strike testing and aerospace qualification. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our ISO 17025 accreditation, and we are proud to offer this specialized service exclusively at our Jupiter, US location.

At Element Jupiter, we specialize in Hydraulic-Pneumatic test simulation, and we are proud to be a Center of Excellence. We cater to the needs of various industries, including aerospace, defense, nuclear, and others, both locally and globally. You can find more information about what makes Jupiter unique on our location page.

To learn more about our bird strike testing services or to request a quote, please contact us today. You can also find out more about Element and our credentials within the testing, inspection, and certification industry.



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