Engineers consider a variety of factors when designing jet engine test cell instrumentation systems, including engine control, safety and performance.
Comprehensive expertise in test stand design enables Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to address client needs. SwRI was tasked to design, build, and install a Digital Electronic Control Engine Monitoring System Computer (DEC/EMSC) depot level test system for the Abu Dhabi air base for the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter. These F-16s will use the latest GE engines for this application, the F110-GE-132. The F110 engine includes a Digital Electronic Control (DEC) and an Engine Monitoring System Computer (EMSC). The major components of the system include:
- Main test stand
- Thermal chamber
- Vibration system
- Air compressor
- Pressure bay
- Power conditioner
Design tasks include:
- Adding EMSC test capability to the system
- Selecting replacements for all of the numerous obsolete items in baseline design
- Improving the reliability of the external cable sets
- Selecting an isolated power conditioning unit for powering the sensitive instrumentation
SwRI built and qualified the equipment at its facilities in San Antonio, Texas. Complete operation and maintenance documentation was prepared for the system, including a comprehensive set of calibration procedures and vendor literature.
aircraft engine performance • test stand design • engine monitoring system • digital electronic control • aerospace engineering • test cell instrumentation • test stand • thermal chamber • vibration system • pressure bay