Laboratories & divisions

The Institute of Aviation is dynamically developing its scientific, research and engineering bases. Almost 30 laboratories and centers, cutting-edge analytical equipment, highly qualified staff and a diverse and extensive offer place the Institute of Aviation among the top tier of the best research institutions in Poland and Europe. Works are currently in progress on the development and start-up of the most advanced laboratories and centers in the world.

Subdivisions and laboratory centres:

Contact:
phone: (+48) 22 846 00 11
mail: ilot[at]ilot.edu.pl

Aircraft Propulsion Department

The Aircraft Propulsion Department at the Institute of Aviation carries out research and measurements in the following areas:

  • Research on piston and turboshaft engines
  • Research on combustion chambers
  • Measurements of aircraft noise (in accordance with FAR 36, ICAO 16)
  • Research works on flows
  • Static/dynamic balancing
  • Testing of puncture-proof panes
  • Safety testing for general Aviation.
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Space Technologies Division

The Aviation Institute’s Space Technologies Division is one of the few Polish research centers which carry out development works for new rocket technologies for civil applications.

The highly qualified experts in different fields of knowledge employed in the Division specialise in designing and testing rocket engines and launchers using environmentally friendly fuels. All the research works are performed with the use of CATIA and ANSYS FLUENT professional software.

The space technologies scientific and research works cover:

  • Design and testing of hybrid rocket engines
  • Design and testing of liquid rocket engines
  • Design and testing of solid rocket engines
  • Development of environmentally friendly fuels technologies
  • Production and testing of grains for solid rocket fuel
  • Design and testing of launcher technology demonstrators
  • CFD and FEM dedicated software
  • Multistage rocket flight dynamic analysis
  • Internal ballistics of solid rocket engine analysis
  • Optimization of liquid rocket engines

At present, the Division is comprised of three laboratories:

  1. Laboratory of Propellants
  2. Laboratory of Catalysts
  3. Laboratory of Space Propulsion
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Laboratory of Propellants

The offer of the Laboratory of Propellants includes:

  • Processing of hydrogen peroxide with concentrations up to 99.99% for chemical analyses
  • Processing of HTP class hydrogen peroxide (e.g. 98%+) for propulsion (rocket) use, ~2litres/week
  • Compatibility analysis of construction materials with hydrogen peroxide
  • Processing of samples of certain energetic materials, e.g. for initiation of gaseous detonation (primary explosives and certain energetic materials, e.g. PETN, RDX, HAN)
  • Testing of hypergolic fuels with HTP class hydrogen peroxide
  • Processing of anhydrous, red fuming nitric acid
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Laboratory of Catalysts

The offer of the Laboratory of Catalysts includes:

  • Processing of catalysts for hydrogen peroxide on ceramic carriers, e.g. γ- and α-Al2O3
  • Annealing of components in a ceramic furnace in a controlled temperature (up to 1100oC)
  • Drying in a vacuum oven in a controlled temperature (up to 250oC, vacuum 60 Pa, with working chamber dimensions of 415x345x370 mm)
  • Solvent recovery on a rotary evaporator, Buchi, 4L
  • Determination of dissolved solid content with the use of a spectrophotometer (biogenic compounds, contaminants, cation and anion content)
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Laboratory of Space Propulsion

The Laboratory of Space Propulsion offers:

  • Development of applications for measurement and data recording using the LabAView environment
  • Design and testing of liquid, hybrid and solid rocket engines of thrust up to 5 kN
  • Design of test stations for measurement of rocket engine operating parameters
  • Design of launchers and analysis of their performance
  • Preparation of CFD numerical codes for testing flows
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Remote Sensing Division

The Remote Sensing Division of the Institute of Aviation offers works in the following areas:

  • Data analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Radio communication
  • Planning and implementation of manned and UAV missions
  • Positioning
  • UAV positioning
  • Projection of aerial images on a given cartographic base
  • GNSS accuracy assessment
  • Acquisition of aerial images
  • Processing of aerial images
  • Spectral analysis
  • Radio communication
  • Stereometric analysis
  • Precision measurements using RTK GPS receivers
  • Thermography

Multispectral camera offer:

  • Environmental monitoring (air and water pollution, illegal dumps, mining waste, spontaneous ignition of mining heaps)
  • Monitoring of biodiversity changes
  • Monitoring of snow cover
  • Precision agriculture (yields optimization, harvest crop monitoring and management)
  • Archaeology
  • Spatial planning (land cover and use, degree of urbanisation)
  • Crisis management (prediction and mitigation of natural disasters)
  • National security (protection of borders and coastlines, weapon detection)
  • Securing public events (detection of threats in the crowd, detection of hazardous substances)

 

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Avionics Division

The Division carries out scientific and research works along with design and engineering works, as well as small series productions of avionics systems and devices, measurement and diagnostics devices, and electrical installations and systems for planes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Division is also equipped with a certified Laboratory for Environmental Research.

The Division offers the following design and construction works:

  • Systems involved in aircraft and RPAS movement in civil airspace, in all flight stages
  • Avionics systems, especially stabilization and classical, indirect and automatic steering of aircraft, RPAS, satellites a other steering systems
  • Avionics devices for movement measurement (e.g.: CDA, radio-altometer), spatial position (e.g.: INS, AHRS) and operational values (e.g. fuel meters)
  • Mathematical modelling of aircraft flight dynamics
  • Design of microprocessor systems a conversion devices dedicated for measurement systems and devices, stabilization, control and diagnostics systems, especially for aircraft, RPAS, satellite avionics equipment and for other devices and system elements that demand the use of computing platform for the implementation of numerical algorithms
  • Fast prototyping of avionics devices, their assembly and certified production for the commercial user
  • Resilience and strength testing regarding mechanical conditions and climatic conditions or technical devices
  • Expertise, investigations and tests of systems and aircraft equipment, ending with issue of statements of compliance with RTCA, ARINC, MIL, and TSO standards and aircraft requirements
  • The manufacture of prototypes and carry out of short-run production of smart systems aimed at precise measurement and diagnostics

Environmental Laboratory

The Environmental Laboratory offers:

  • Testing of strength and resistance to sinusoidal vibrations
  • Testing of strength and resistance to repeated mechanical shocks
  • Testing of resistance to high and low temperatures
  • Testing of resistance to cyclic temperature changes
  • Testing of resistance to elevated humidity levels
  • Testing of resistance to low pressure
  • Testing of resistance to frost and moisture
  • Testing of resistance to linear accelerations
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Materials Testing Subdivision

The Materials Testing Subdivision offers specialised materials testing, including:

Material tests

  • Mechanical testing of metallic materials
    • Static strength tests (tension, compression, bending)
    • Strain/load-controlled low and high cycle fatigue tests
    • Creep tests

Non-destructive tests

  • Tests of full structures, components and their elements
  • Detection and definition/diagnostics of technological and exploitation defects
  • Detection of defects such as: material discontinuities – external and internal (blisters, cracks, inclusions, delaminations, laps, cold shuts, leaks, corrosion defects, and welded joint defects, etc.)
  • Development of methodologies ad test programs at different stages of the production process in the industrial, field and laboratory environments
  • Temporary tests and non-standard non-destructive condition diagnostics, including the preparation of manuals and technical documentation
  • evelopment and organisation of training courses
  • Magnetic testing
    • Detection of surface and subsurface defects of ferromagnetic materials
  • Ultrasonic tests
    • Detection of internal material discontinuities and identification of locations, configurations and sizes of discontinuities
    • Ultrasonic thickness measurements
  • Penetrant tests
    • Detection of open surface discontinuities of non-porous materials: metallic and non-metallic
  • Visual tests
    • Detection of surface discontinuities and shape defects of elements using optical instruments
    • Assessment of the surface quality
    • Quality control after repair
  • Eddy current tests
    • Testing of materials with electrical conductivity
    • Detection of surface and subsurface defects, coating thickness measurements, comparative structural studies
  • Radiographic tests
    • Detection of internal material defects
    • Volumetric testing of objects
    • Testing of glued, welded and soldered joints
    • Verification testing of assemblies, testing of electronic components and subassemblies
  • X-ray diffraction testing
    • Measurement of residual stresses in samples submitted to the lab
    • Measurement of stresses at points of construction, facilities, etc.
    • Measurement of stress “in situ”

Material properties measurements

  • Determination of material properties
  • Testing of material surfaces specifying their chemical composition
  • Fractography tests
  • Material properties measurements
  • Fractography – SEM
    • Testing of metallic and non-metallic specimens
    • Very high resolution images of sample surfaces
    • Material tests: surface observations using SE and BSE detectors, determination of coating thickness
    • Microscope fracture examinations: Detection of contaminants, microcracks, crack sources, quantitative examinations of the structure of fractures and determination of material homogenity
  • Chemical composition analysis – EDX
    • Chemical composition analysis of specimens
    • Material identification
    • Identification of contaminants
    • Determination of the relative element concentration on the specimen surface
  • Metallography
    • Metallographic qualitative and quantitative tests such as grain size evaluation, non-metallic inclusion size, phase volume fraction, and coating thickness
  • Metallographic specimen preparation
  • Microstructure analysis
  • Surface roughness tests
  • Toughness tests
  • Impact tests

Specimens for tests can also be prepared in the machining workshop (according to ASTM standards or other standards requested by the Client).

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Structures Testing Subdivision

Structural tests

  • Complex strength fatigue and static tests and assessments
  • Static and fatigue tests of complete structures and components
  • Functional tests of unloaded and loaded structures including load, displacement and strain measurements
  • Material stiffness evaluation
  • Static and quasi static tests of turboengine shafts or other axially symmetric structures (tension/torsion loads), also at elevated temperatures
  • Testing of composite structures
  • Strength dynamic tests
  • High-cycle resonance fatigue tests and vibration resistance tests (e.g. of turbine blades)
  • Impact hammer modal tests of structural elements
  • Other tests
  • Low-revolution wear testing of fan blades and discs (’Windmill’ test rig)
  • High-energy impact tests of structures using an air gun

Operational Tests

  • Strain gauge measurements
  • Strain gauge measurements of flight loads,
  • Stress and strain measurements in constructions, facilities, machines, etc.
  • Load, strength and fatigue analysis
  • Vibration measurement and analysis
  • Vibration measurements of vehicles and floating objects
  • Laboratory measurements of vibration
  • Vibration measurements of civil engineering structures
  • Vibration measurements of working machines, rotating equipment and installations
  • Vibration analysis
  • Vibro-acoustic analysis
  • Vibration insulation of machines and devices
  • Vibro-acoustic diagnostics
  • Noise Measurement
  • Environmental noise measurements
  • Aircraft noise measurements (inside and outside the aircraft)
  • Noise measurements of machinery and devices
  • Traffic noise measurements

Design and Analysis Services

  • Analysis of the isotropic and composite structure resistance (aircraft, windshield and other structures) subjected to foreign object impact with the use of LS-DYNA software, including bird strike simulations (ALE and SPH methods)
  • Fatigue analysis of aircraft structures, including load spectra development
  • Development of test specifications for static and fatigue tests of aircraft structures
  • Crack propagation analysis of metallic structures (2D and 3D) using the Finite Element and Boundary Element Methods
  • Test rig design for the purposes of the Structural Testing Laboratory including strength analysis with the use of the Finite Element Method
  • Static Finite Element Analysis: linear, non-linear (large deformation, contact, geometric nonlinearity)
  • Comprehensive research services, from test rig design and coordination of test rig manufacturing conducted by approved subcontractors to the final test report
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Aerodynamic Department

Aerodynamic department offers both numerical and experimental aerodynamic studies

The studies are performed for various sectors of the Polish and world industries, including:

  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Space technologies
  • Shipbuilding
  • Defence
  • Rail
  • Sport

The Aerodynamic Department is comprised of two units:

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Aerodynamics Research Laboratory

The offer of the Aerodynamics Research Laboratory covers high-priority areas with strategic importance in terms of the research work directions, such as:

  • Environment
    • Environmental wind resistance studies
  • Energy and its resources:
    • Aerodynamic studies of wind turbines, which are the latest solutions in energy-generation technologies
    • Aerodynamic studies of power units and cooling towers
  • Transport infrastructure:
    • Aerodynamic studies of various means of land and air transport

The Aerodynamics Research Laboratory fulfils its objectives through:

  • Conduct of aerodynamic research for the Polish and international aviation industry
  • Scientific and research work in the field of applied aerodynamics
  • Wind tunnel studies of non-aeronautical aerodynamics for the following sectors:
    • Automotive
    • Construction
    • Energy
    • Space technologies
    • Sport
    • Shipbuilding
    • Defence
  • Performance of commercial research studies for domestic and international Customers
  • Close cooperation with aviation industry leaders, technical universities and entities from the R&D sector

The scope of the conducted works includes:

  • Wind tunnel studies testing the internal components of aircraft engines or their models under simulated takeoff and landing conditions and in elevated exhaust gas temperatures
  • Measurement of forces and moments
  • Measurement of pressure distributions
  • Flow visualisations
  • Tests involving the measurement of dynamic stability, aeroelastic model deformation and laminar flow parameters
  • Testing of fuselage models together with rotating rotor models
  • Pressure distribution measurement on the fuselage surface
  • Measurement of fuselage loading
  • Measurement of static and dynamic values of the essential parameters for rotor quality:
  • Rotor loading
  • Force in blade push rod
  • Bending and torsional deflections of rotor blade
  • Angles of rotation in hinged hub model
  • Deflections of elastic hub elements
  • Pressure and weight measurements of aircraft models in wind tunnel tests, measurement of their aerodynamic characteristics and pressure distributions for Mach number M = 0.2 to 2.3
  • Aerodynamic load measurements on airframe part models like the wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, control surfaces, external pods and stores, etc.
  • Hinge-moment measurements for tail units
  • Buffeting boundary determination and its intensity in a wide range of flow velocities
  • Airfoils aerodynamic characteristics
  • Aerodynamic design of aircraft, aircraft wings and profiles (also with a high lift coefficient)
  • Calibration of gages and pressure transducers
  • Unsteady pressure measurements with control and actuation mechanism for flap and profile oscillations
  • Balance tests and pressure distribution tests on aircraft, helicopter, rail vehicle and wheeled vehicle models and their elements
  • Optimization of flap geometry and their positioning
  • Hinge-moment optimization for ailerons and tail units
  • Flow visualisations using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), oil, tufts or UV-light illuminated mini-tufts
  • Smoke flow visualisations
  • Laminar profile wind tunnel testing with a turbulence level below 0.02% for an airflow speed up to 40 m/s
  • Testing helicopter rotor models (vortex ring)
  • Calibration of wind measurement instruments
  • Research on aerodynamic phenomena related to supersonic flow
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Computational Fluid Dynamics and Flight Mechanics Group

The Computational Fluid Dynamics and Flight Mechanics Group offers the following design and optimization services:

  • Design of parametrical models of objects for research and optimization (airfoil,
  • wing, inlet ducts for jet and turboprop engines, engine nozzles, etc.)
  • Airfoil design
  • Multicriterial and multidisciplinary design of aircraft and its elements
  • Aerodynamic design of ducts
  • Aerodynamic design of helicopter rotors
  • Design of propellers, rotors, wind turbines, etc.
  • Design of parametric models for non-aviation applications
  • and CAD design

Within the offered analyses, the Computational Fluid Dynamics and Flight Mechanics Group has the following capabilities:

  • Simulation of flow around an aircraft and parts of the airframe
  • Simulation of flow around a helicopter and parts of the airframe, and interference with surrounding objects
  • Unsteady flows in the shape shifting domain and around such geometries
  • Fully three-dimensional simulation of flow around the main rotor of a helicopter (in forward flight and in hover) based on the URANS (Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes) solution
  • Fluid structure interaction for modelling of nonrigid blades of helicopter rotors including blade flapping
  • Flow simulation in ducts (e.g. air intake ducts in aircraft engines)
  • Spaceship re-entry atmosphere flow simulation
  • Aeroacoustic analyses

The Computational Fluid Dynamics and Flight Mechanics Group also has flow issues related to non-aviation areas of science in its offer:

  • Flow in land and water based transport
  • Flow in civil engineering (buildings,
  • stadiums, and bridges)
  • Simulation of air movement in urban areas; safety issues in high altitude rescue actions
  • Flow and load analysis for constructions subject to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic forces (e.g. Strong gusts of wind)
  • Flow in turbines, fans, etc.
  • Multiphase flows
  • Supersonic and hypersonic flows including heat and radiation modelling
  • Phase changing and chemical reactions simulation
  • Performance and stability analysis
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Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department
(including the Landing Gear Laboratory)

The Institute of Aviation is the leading design and test centre of landing gear in Poland. The landing gear in most aircraft and helicopters produced in factories in Poland were designed in the Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department and were tested in the Landing Gear Laboratory.

The mission of the Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department is the:

  • Development of new technologies
  • Innovative design and technological solution proposals and their laboratory verification
  • Design of test stands
  • Supervision over design of technology demonstrator prototypes

The Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department along with the Landing Gear Laboratory offers the following works:


The Department offers the following design works:

  • Aircraft and helicopter wheel and skid landing gear
  • “Shimmy” and anti resonance dampers – single and double acting
  • Landing gear
  • shock absorbers
  • Test stands
  • ABS for aircraft brake systems
  • Actuators and locks
  • Wheels and high energy brakes
  • UAV landing gear
  • Technology demonstrators
  • Electric brakes for UAVs

The construction of test stands and preparation of test objects also belongs to the Department’s scope of operations.


The analyses conducted by the Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department also cover the following issues:

  • Optimization for maximum strength and minimum weight
  • Fatigue wear
  • Contact
  • Friction
  • Heat exchange
  • Flows
  • Vibrations


The Department offers the following design works:

  • Stiffness, strength and flexibility evaluation of subassemblies and complete landing gears
  • Optimization and integration of landing gear elements, braking systems, dampers, and control systems
  • Evaluation of design process, conformance with quality standards and research methodologies
  • Reliability and durability evaluation of landing gear elements using analytical and experimental methods
  • A review of the state of knowledge in the area of helicopter and landing gear technologies
  • Simulations
    • of applying loads to aircraft landing gear components and to other energy absorbing structures and materials
    • Dynamic load conditions
    • Stability simulation with experimental validation
    • Shimmy phenomena
    • Behaviour in extreme conditions
    • Braking transients (dynamic, heat transfer, and vibration)
    • Computer simulation for aircraft touch-down dynamics for different landing gear concepts


The construction of technology demonstrators and prototypes includes projects in the area of the construction of all types of technology demonstrators, demonstration installations, prototypes, as well as testing and technological instrumentation related to widely understood aviation engineering:

  • Creating prototypes of components, parts, fuselages, devices and mechanical, static, electric, automatic structures both in aviation and workshop technology
  • Construction of all types of technology demonstrators: iron birds, glass birds, power supply system demonstrators, mechanization system demonstrators etc.

In the scope of tests, the Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department along with the Landing Gear Laboratory is capable of conducting comprehensive tests in accordance with FAR, EASA, MIL, AP for helicopters and aircraft with take-off weight of up to 20,000 kg (44,000 lb).

The tests are conducted as tests of complete assemblies and of their separate components, in the area of energy absorption capabilities, static, dynamic and fatigue strength, dynamic and functional characteristics, and resistance to impact load.

The scope of the performed works includes:

  • Static and quasistatic tests
  • Dynamic tests
  • Functional tests

The measuring and recording parameters include:

  • Time
  • Force
  • Displacement and deformation
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Rotational speed
  • Acceleration
  • Voltage and current
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Aviation Structures and Design Department

The Aviation Structures and Design Department specialises in the following:

  • Metal structures
  • Composite structures
    • Composite structures of glass and carbon composites
  • Technological equipment/tools:
    • Moulds for the performance of composite structures
    • Assembly tooling/equipment
  • Additional equipment currently used in airplanes and helicopters

The newest projects of the Aviation Structures and Design Department include:

  • The unmanned helicopter – robot for special tasks ILX-27
  • ESPOSA – Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft
  • Technology of implementing into economic practice the new type of rotary wing aircraft
  • Modern autogyro rotor
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Transport Systems Department

The Transport Systems Department focuses on transport system research associated with aircraft design. Moreover, in the framework of our activity we undertake structure stress and aircraft performance analyses, cooperate in creating programs and manage aircraft certification processes.

The Transport Systems Department offers:

  • Preparation of air transport related forecasts and development strategies
  • Qualitative and quantitative research of the passenger and air cargo markets
  • Software design and implementation, including artificial intelligence methods in optimization, management and modelling of transport systems
  • Modelling and design of passenger and air cargo systems
  • Design of air transport safety and security
  • Technological and economic aspects of design, planning and exploitation of aircraft
  • Organisation and management of the aircraft design process and its optimization
  • Air performance calculations
  • Strength calculations
  • Flight test programme design
  • Aircraft certification

 

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Composites Testing Laboratory

The Composites Testing Laboratory carries out the following range of tests:

  • Impact tests for damage resistance – ASTM D7136
  • Physico-chemical tests for thermal expansion – ASTM E228
  • Physico-chemical tests for determining the glass transition temperature – ASTM D1640 and ASTM D7028
  • Strength tests:
    • Tension – ASTM 3039
    • Compression – ASTM D3410 and ASTM D6641
    • Open-hole compression – ASTM D6484
    • Open-hole tension – ASTM D6484
    • Compression after impact – ASTM D7137
    • Losipescu shear test – ASTM D5379
    • In-plane shear – ASTM D3518
    • Three-point bending – ASTM D790
    • Four-point bending – ASTM D7249
    • Flatwise tension – ASTM C297
    • Fracture toughness tests:
      • Mode I – ASTM D5528 (static test) and ASTM D6115 (fatigue test)
      • Mode II – ESIS TC4
      • Mixmode – ASTM D6671
      • Short beam shear – ASTM D2344
      • Roller drum peel – ASTM D 3167, ASTM D1781
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Composite Structures Manufacturing Division

The Composite Structures Manufactruring Division offers the following non-destructive tests:

  • Defect evaluation in monolithic composites
  • Defect evaluation in honeycomb structures

The Division also offers specimen preparation for test purposes.

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Project Management Division

The offer of the Project Management Division includes:

  • Static and dynamic numerical analysis of composite materials and structures
  • Research and development of failure criteria for composites
  • Damage tolerance evaluation
  • Composite aircraft structure certification process (AC 20-107B)
  • Development and implementation of composite technologies
  • Research on inverse problems in mechanics of materials
  • Planning and supervision of the research process
  • Development of complex research programmes and analysis of test results in the context of certification programmes
  • R&D project management
  • Coordination of research activities within project consortia
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Materials Technology Laboratory

The Materials Technology Laboratory is one of the best equipped materials laboratories in Poland and the European Union.

In 2013, the EDC Materials Technology Laboratory received the Certificate of Accreditation of a Testing Laboratory according to the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard for selected methods (hardness measurement, coating thickness measurement, non-destructive resting (penetrant testing)). The main activities of the laboratory are material testing and failure analysis of commercial engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, reciprocating compressors, wind turbines and components mating (for Aviation, Oil&Gas and Power).

High Pressure Laboratory

The High Pressure Laboratory is one of only three in the world and the second largest in the world. Its main purpose is the pressure and temperature qualification testing of Oil&Gas products, particularly in the Drilling&Production sectors, participation in product line extensions and new product introductions (NPIs) as well as support of sales order activities. The High Pressure Laboratory is capable of testing numerous pieces of subsea equipment such as valves, seals, flanges, spool pieces, riser connectors and clamp connectors as well as testing of other multiple components of manifolds and platforms working on surface and in deep water conditions. The Laboratory is also ready to meet the requirements of other GE businesses such as Aviation or Power&Water, by creating the right conditions for the performance of the tests.

One such example is rapid gas decompression or specified flow of various mediums (oil, hydraulic fluids, etc.)

The HTP Lab has a Certificate of Accreditation awarded by the Polish Center of Accreditation which confirms the requirements of the PNEN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard being met.

Component Test Laboratory

The Component Test Laboratory has two test rigs designed at the Institute of Aviation that are a combination of many cutting edge technical solutions. The laboratory equipment enables various stability and functional tests of rotating components to be performed with speeds up to 22000 rpm that additionally require providing lube oil and/or applying loads and/or hot air for pressurization purposes. The highly advanced control and data acquisition system allows running tests in manual or fully automated mode, constantly acquiring great amounts of quality data such as the temperature, speed, pressure, vibration, oil flows, and strains with a sampling frequency of up to 25 kHz. The capacity of the laboratory also enables the testing of other components like gearboxes, air-oil separators, seals and other systems and parts, including components and systems from different industries. The high customer satisfaction with the results completed to date has confirmed the exceptional competence of the lab team and the high quality of the acquired data.

Control Systems Laboratory

The Control Systems Laboratory started off as a testing center for the Engineering Design Center for Subsea Controls at Oil&Gas. It began to expand its services also to other areas of this industry. It is equipped with several test stations supporting control software development and acceptance tests that are commonly customer witnessed. In the laboratory, engineers are also able to measure and test Oil&Gas subsea electronic equipment like Subsea Electronics Modules (SEMs), communication modems, power units and others). The flexible design of the test equipment allows adaptation to the required configurations of specific projects.

Controls Laboratory for Gas Turbines

The Controls Laboratory for Gas Turbines is equipped with control system solutions used by Power, within the Distributed Power business. It includes gas turbine specific controllers and industrial controllers adapted for gas turbine purposes. The laboratory is primarily used for simulations, development support and troubleshooting of code and communication interfaces implemented in the gas turbine software. Simulation stands are based on package and engine software models and on specific subsystems supporting its operations, as a result of which input and output modules are not required.

Engine Training Laboratory

The Engine Training Laboratory is a place where engineers can participate in many trainings connected with aircraft engines. It is equipped with CF6-80C2 and CFM56-7 turbofan engines, the CT7 turboengine – used by large passenger aircraft and in GE J85 and PZL K-15 engines for combat aircraft. Apart from that, there are also engine parts exhibition stands and audio-visual equipment with appropriate presentation content that gives both beginners and advanced engineers a real opportunity to develop their skills. The laboratory is equipped with general and special tools for engine inspection, assembly and disassembly works according to specialised training programmes.

Gas Turbine Center

Gas Turbine Center co-creates a shared research infrastructure of scientific units, built with the support of the European Union in the Operational Programme Innovative Economy. The construction of the Gas Turbine Center in the Institute of Aviation and creation of the Vacuum Chamber allowed centralization and expansion of the research range. It also consolidated the cooperation with the Military University of Technology and the Warsaw University of Technology. Setting up the Center dedicated strictly to completing research in the field of development of gas turbines for the energy sector helped to increase the efficiency of research, the quality of results, while making the research service offer of the Institute more attractive.

Avionics and Digital Systems Laboratory

Avionics and Digital Systems Laboratory was established to support engineers in developing avionics devices. It is equipped with four test benches which provide infrastructure necessary not only to perform test of electrical parameters but also to develop embedded software and to run formal tests, results of which are used during certification process of an aircraft. Test benches are fitted with equipment processing electrical quantities such as oscilloscopes and function generators and interface cards enabling communication with avionics devices through specialized digital communication protocols. Currently laboratory is implementing quality management system AS9100, which is widely used is aviation industry.

Vibroacoustics Laboratory

The core business of the Laboratory is to provide ground vibration testing (GVT) of flying objects whose results are the basis for further dynamic analysis, in particular, flutter investigations that are required by the aviation authorities. The laboratory is able to provide a GVT’s for any kind of object, also in its working conditions – as environmental testing.

Concurrently, since 2015, the team has seeing an intense advancement of its competences within the area of noise level measurements, including an innovative approach to sound source localization using a device called “an acoustic camera”. Also included in the commercial offer are standardized measurements, in particular a method for determining sound power levels of noise sources using sound intensity in compliance with ISO 9614-1:1993 and ISO 9614-2:1996 standards, as well as a method for computing occupational noise exposure in work environments using measurements of sound pressure level in compliance with PN-N 01307:1994 and PN-EN ISO 9612:2011 standards.

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