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IAC Completes Engine Test Facility For Helikopter Service

IAC Completes Engine Test Facility For Helikopter Service the use of the single 'universal' test trolley. IAC Completes Engine Accurate data acquisition for pass-off and health monitoring An important feature of the project was Test Facility For the provision of a sophisticated Auto­ matic Data Acquisition and Processing System (ADAPS). This is a highly Helikopter Service advanced, field proven piece of tech­ nology which was originally introduced by IAC in test facilities it built for military engines over a decade ago. Menu-driven engine configuration software provides real time full colour ENGINE testing and health monitoring rotatives; the correct dynamometer for data acquisition and processing. Over has rapidly become a key element in the the engine type under test and a high 200 engine parameters can be monitored specialised customising, maintenance speed flywheel assembly. The demount­ simultaneously and the resultant data and overhaul services provided by able pallets form the basis for engine appears in clear and quickly assimilable Helikopter Service AS of Norway — rear and forward mounting support and form on VDU's in the control room, in one of the world's largest private control and services connections. both analog and digital formats. Data is helicopter operators. The Aviation This system enables the operator to stored for later analysis as well as being Division of Industrial Acoustics remove the engine — complete with continuously displayed for the operator Company (IAC) of Staines, Middx, UK trolley — from the test cell, easily and in control of the engine. The software has just completed a major project to quickly. Total changeover time between interfaces with trend analysis programs design and construct a helicopter engine engines of the same type is no more than for a valuable picture of overall engine test facility for the company at its thirty minutes and a different engine health, and to enable preventive main­ Stavanger site. The new facility is type can be fully under test in less than tenance to take place. capable of testing any helicopter engine sixty minutes. Actual test cell occupation The control console is ergonomically up to 5000 horsepower, and is the first is therefore kept to a minimum, enabling designed, and needs only an operator to be built to give this level of flexibility far greater throughput of engines and and a recorder to fully control, monitor across so many engine types. very cost effective operation. and test the specified engine. The Norwegian company offers a While the test trolley is a standard, ADAPS is ideally suited to turboshaft comprehensive service to helicopter proven piece of IAC hardware, the engine testing, where very fast transient manufacturers and operators worldwide demountable pallets were developed engine conditions and fuel system and the test facility gives it the resources specifically to meet the needs of the handling requirements defeat less to expand its maintenance and overhaul project. Helicopter turboshafts are par­ powerful systems. The system is self- business substantially. Having secured a ticularly demanding; fuel system handling calibrating to facilitate smooth, con­ major service contract from Turbomeca checks have to be carefully monitored tinuous operation. SA, Helikopter Service is using the new relative to helicopter rotor inertia. facility to test the Makila type 1A Engine-specific pallets enable the test Industrial Acoustics Company, helicopter engine (which powers the cell to cope with the full range of engine Walton House Central Trading Estate, Aerospatiale AS 332 Super Puma). The types while maintaining economy and Stains, Middx TW18 4XB. Tel: 0784 more powerful Avco Lycoming AL reduced operational complexity through 5512 (T55) will also undergo routine testing shortly afterwards. Houchin GPU's for Boeing AWACS IAC's contract covered every aspect of the test facility including the test cell, One of the world's most famous surveillance aircraft, the Boeing E3 AWACS is to control room, engine preparation shop, be equipped with ground power units from Houchin of Ashford in Kent. crew quarters, services rooms, test Houchin units were selected by Boeing against stiff international competition, equipment and computerised data acqui­ after stringent development and acceptance tests to prove the units capability to sition and processing systems. The meet the electrical requirements of the aircraft in extreme climatic conditions. whole facility is fully demountable and The units designated Model 690-ROF have been developed from the standard can therefore be extended or re-located Houchin 690 range of ground power units which are in service around the world without difficulty. with military and civil aircraft. Automatic synchronisation and load share facilities enable the 690-ROF units to Rapid turnaround be used in parallel. Typically four units will operate in parallel onto a common The new facility is capable of 24 hour electrical bus on the aircraft to supply the high levels of power required by the working and has been designed for sophisticated systems on board. maximum throughput of engines. As Houchin design and manufacture both fixed and mobile aerospace ground power part of its contract, IAC has supplied a units for civil and military applications. The company is part of the Dale Electric quick turnaround test trolley which International plc group of power system companies. utilises special demountable pallets, specific to engine type, featuring quick Houchin Ltd., Garford Works, Chart Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1DZ, UK. release clamps for fast conversion. Tel: 0233 623211. 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IAC Completes Engine Test Facility For Helikopter Service

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 63 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1991

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the use of the single 'universal' test trolley. IAC Completes Engine Accurate data acquisition for pass-off and health monitoring An important feature of the project was Test Facility For the provision of a sophisticated Auto­ matic Data Acquisition and Processing System (ADAPS). This is a highly Helikopter Service advanced, field proven piece of tech­ nology which was originally introduced by IAC in test facilities it built for military engines over a decade ago. Menu-driven engine configuration software provides real time full colour ENGINE testing and health monitoring rotatives; the correct dynamometer for data acquisition and processing. Over has rapidly become a key element in the the engine type under test and a high 200 engine parameters can be monitored specialised customising, maintenance speed flywheel assembly. The demount­ simultaneously and the resultant data and overhaul services provided by able pallets form the basis for engine appears in clear and quickly assimilable Helikopter Service AS of Norway — rear and forward mounting support and form on VDU's in the control room, in one of the world's largest private control and services connections. both analog and digital formats. Data is helicopter operators. The Aviation This system enables the operator to stored for later analysis as well as being Division of Industrial Acoustics remove the engine — complete with continuously displayed for the operator Company (IAC) of Staines, Middx, UK trolley — from the test cell, easily and in control of the engine. The software has just completed a major project to quickly. Total changeover time between interfaces with trend analysis programs design and construct a helicopter engine engines of the same type is no more than for a valuable picture of overall engine test facility for the company at its thirty minutes and a different engine health, and to enable preventive main­ Stavanger site. The new facility is type can be fully under test in less than tenance to take place. capable of testing any helicopter engine sixty minutes. Actual test cell occupation The control console is ergonomically up to 5000 horsepower, and is the first is therefore kept to a minimum, enabling designed, and needs only an operator to be built to give this level of flexibility far greater throughput of engines and and a recorder to fully control, monitor across so many engine types. very cost effective operation. and test the specified engine. The Norwegian company offers a While the test trolley is a standard, ADAPS is ideally suited to turboshaft comprehensive service to helicopter proven piece of IAC hardware, the engine testing, where very fast transient manufacturers and operators worldwide demountable pallets were developed engine conditions and fuel system and the test facility gives it the resources specifically to meet the needs of the handling requirements defeat less to expand its maintenance and overhaul project. Helicopter turboshafts are par­ powerful systems. The system is self- business substantially. Having secured a ticularly demanding; fuel system handling calibrating to facilitate smooth, con­ major service contract from Turbomeca checks have to be carefully monitored tinuous operation. SA, Helikopter Service is using the new relative to helicopter rotor inertia. facility to test the Makila type 1A Engine-specific pallets enable the test Industrial Acoustics Company, helicopter engine (which powers the cell to cope with the full range of engine Walton House Central Trading Estate, Aerospatiale AS 332 Super Puma). The types while maintaining economy and Stains, Middx TW18 4XB. Tel: 0784 more powerful Avco Lycoming AL reduced operational complexity through 5512 (T55) will also undergo routine testing shortly afterwards. Houchin GPU's for Boeing AWACS IAC's contract covered every aspect of the test facility including the test cell, One of the world's most famous surveillance aircraft, the Boeing E3 AWACS is to control room, engine preparation shop, be equipped with ground power units from Houchin of Ashford in Kent. crew quarters, services rooms, test Houchin units were selected by Boeing against stiff international competition, equipment and computerised data acqui­ after stringent development and acceptance tests to prove the units capability to sition and processing systems. The meet the electrical requirements of the aircraft in extreme climatic conditions. whole facility is fully demountable and The units designated Model 690-ROF have been developed from the standard can therefore be extended or re-located Houchin 690 range of ground power units which are in service around the world without difficulty. with military and civil aircraft. Automatic synchronisation and load share facilities enable the 690-ROF units to Rapid turnaround be used in parallel. Typically four units will operate in parallel onto a common The new facility is capable of 24 hour electrical bus on the aircraft to supply the high levels of power required by the working and has been designed for sophisticated systems on board. maximum throughput of engines. As Houchin design and manufacture both fixed and mobile aerospace ground power part of its contract, IAC has supplied a units for civil and military applications. The company is part of the Dale Electric quick turnaround test trolley which International plc group of power system companies. utilises special demountable pallets, specific to engine type, featuring quick Houchin Ltd., Garford Works, Chart Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1DZ, UK. release clamps for fast conversion. Tel: 0233 623211. The trolley is equipped with the plant 18 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — January 1991

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