Portsmouth Aviation Brochure - TECHNICAL

State-of-the-art testing

Structural Test Facility Test Rig Our structural test facility includes a large, universal test rig with a capacity of 4 x 2 x 2 metres and capable of applying 500 kN in all directions. This is complemented by a smaller test rig with a capacity of 3 x 1 x 1.2 metres and 20 kN load. Both rigs are equipped with overhead cranes, rated at 2 tonne and 1 tonne, respectively, so test articles may be safely installed and configured and enabling us to conduct a comprehensive range of load testing programmes. Development and Qualification Load Testing Our in-house testing facilities allow us to load structural components and assemblies to their design limits and beyond – to establish yield and failure criteria, for design development, analysis validation and product qualification. This is essential when it comes to the manufacture of components that will be exposed to extreme environmental conditions or that are utilised in potentially dangerous contexts. Proof Load Testing and Working Load Limit Certification Our proof load testing capabilities ensure that the build quality of our finished products will sustain the required maximum payload in service without permanent deformation or failure. Similarly, lifting equipment is tested and certified to applicable industry standards to ensure safe operation within the prescribed working load limit. Our annex includes a 3 tonne overhead crane to assist with lifting and ballasting operations.

Tensile Testing Tensile testing allows us to provide accurate information as to a material or component’s ultimate tensile strength, yield strength and ductility. Our in-house equipment allows us to safely establish these characteristics for components and for coupons of a variety materials, including metals, plastics, and composites, up to a maximum load of 150 kN. Pressure Testing Our pressure testing capabilities allow us to test the integrity of protective shells and piping when exposed to pressure. A manufactured part can be pushed to its limits to determine a safe operating level that cannot be accurately predicted using FEA software. The service is also suitable for ensuring that piping or protective shells are entirely leak-proof. Vacuum Testing Vacuum testing has an important role to play in industrial leak testing and detection. Failure of vacuum equipment can have an enormous effect on performance and cause major safety concerns. To ensure an air-tight seal we employ a variety of test methods, including vacuum box testing and on‑stream leak testing.


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