MSRC

The Materials & Structures Research Center ( MSRC) is a division of the Institute of Aviation. The MSRC was founded following the longstanding and widespread involvement of the Institute of Aviation in the area of strength research of materials and elements of aircraft structures, conducted since the Institute was established in 1926.

In its present form, the MSRC has been existing since December 2004, when it was re-organized after the offset agreement between Poland and the U.S. Initially, the Center’s activity focused on the transfer of technologies and research stations from Pratt & Whitney, who were executing offset commitments on behalf of Lockheed-Martin. Gradually, MSRC has begun to implement its own solutions (e.g. grip designs and circuit cooling of grip systems). At the same time, the Center has begun to cooperate with Polish producers.

Today, the MSRC is at the forefront of materials and structures research in Poland and one of the most modern and most efficient centers of its kind in Europe. It has on-going contracts with the world’s largest aircraft engine manufacturers: United Technologies Corporation and General Electric. Both agreements concern the testing of materials and elements of aircraft engines.


Structural Test Laboratory

The Laboratory performes  such types of tests:

Static tests & quasistatic  fatigue tests

  • Full scale and component static and fatigue tests.
  • Functional tests.
  • Stiffness tests.

Dynamic tests

  • High cycle, fatigue tests.
  • Frequency check tests.

Other tests

  • Low-Revolution wear test of aircraft engine fan blades and discs (windmilling).
  • High Temperature Oxidation and Thermal Barrier Coating Spallation Test (Burner Rig Test).

Laboratory offer

Static and Quasistatic-Fatigue Tests

Full Scale and Component Static and Fatigue Tests (including custom – made test stand preparation) – up to 24 load channels. Performed to collect experimental data on tested object behaviour (strain and displa-cement) under load. In the case of fatigue testing  – data to assess structure durability.

Functional tests of loaded/unloaded structures including load, displacement and strain measurements.

Stiffness evaluation.

Static and quasistatic tests of turboengine shafts or other axially symetric structures (tension/torsion loads), also at elevated temperatures.

Multichannel testing of large size structures using a fully computerized loading system.

Tests can be performed in collaboration with other IoA’s divisions in order to provide complex solutions for test programmes, test results analysis and proposals for increasing structure durability.

In the field of strain gauging the Laboratory can perform:

  • Preparation of strain gauge installation.
  • Measurement realization.
  • Data processing.

Structures can be inspected during tests using NDT methods.

Custom made test stands-single of multichannel static and fatige tests

Basic Specification

  • Loads: up to 400 kN.
  • Displacements: up to 1000 mm.
  • Strains: up to 60000 µm/m.
  • Frequency: up to 10 Hz.

Non-Destructive  Test & Materials Properties Laboratory

Capabilities

  • Tests on/off full scale structures, sub-assemblies, components and elements as well as materials and semi-finished products.
  • Detecting and determining position, configuration and size of material, technological and exploitation defects.
  • Detecting defects such as fatigue cracks, open cracks, corrosion cracks, blisters, inclusions, laps, cold shuts, leaks, welded joints defects etc.
  • Tests can be conducted at different stages of the production process, from input materials inspection to in-operation control to final acceptance.
  • We carry out in-service, field and lab tests.
  • Investigations during tests of materials, elements, and structures.
  • Temporary tests – condition diagnostics according to the client’s requirements and in compliance with the applicable standards.
  • Non-standard non-destructive condition diagnostics.
  • Developing research methodologies and conducting tests for the exploitation purposes – condition diagnostics in the area of aeronautical and non-aeronautical applications.
  • Developing research methodologies and conducting tests in the production process.
  • Developing research methodologies and conducting research during testing of elements and objects.
  • Upgrading existing research methods in accordance with relevant standards or the client’s requirements.
  • Preparing manuals and technical documentation in the area of non-destructive research of materials and semi-finished products.
  • Developing training courses programmes.
  • Organizing training courses.

Materials Test Laboratory

Materials Test Laboratory performs specialized in materials tests in accordance with the European and world standards in the area of:

Metallic materials tests

  • Static strength tests (tension, compression and bending).
  • Strain/load controlled low&high cycle fatigue tests.
  • Creep tests.
  • High temperature oxidation and thermal barrier coating spallation testing.

Composite materials tests

  • Mechanical properties tests and temporary strength tests under tension,compression, bending and shearing.
  • Strength tests of adhesive bonds for composite and metallic materials.
  • Fatigue tests of composite and metallic materials.
  • Composite materials conditioning.

Low Cycle Fatigue tests

  • MTS, Instron – 27 test rigs.
  • Specimens in accordance with ASTM and other standards (length up to 500 mm).
  • Tension and compression load: up to 250kN.
  • Frequency: up to 10 Hz.
  • Test temperature:  up to  900˚C .

High Cycle Fatigue tests

  • MTS, Instron – 27 test rigs.
  • Specimens in accordance with ASTM and other standards (length up to 100 mm).
  • Tension and compression load: up to 250 kN.
  • Frequency: up to 60 Hz.
  • Test temperature:  up to  900˚C.

Static Strength tests

  • MTS, Instron – 14 test rigs.
  • Specimens in accordance with ASTM and other standards (length up to 800 mm).
  • Tension and compression load: up to 250 kN.
  • Test temperature:  -70 up to 900 ˚C.

Creep tests

  • Creeps – 24 test rigs.
  • Specimens in accordance with ASTM and other standards (length up to 150 mm).
  • Tension load: up to 50 kN.
  • Test temperature:  up to 1100˚C.

Laboratory offer

Testing Laboratory offers specialized tests in the range of research materials in accordance with European standards and world actions and initiatives.

Testing of metallic materials

Static strength tests (tension, compression and bending) at temperatures from -70°C to 900°C, in accordance with ASTM – E 8, E 21, E 9, E 209 standards.

Strain/load controlled low&high cycle fatigue tests at temperatures up to 900°C, in accordance with ASTM – E 466, E 606, E 468, E 739 standards.
Creep tests at temperatures up to 1100°C, in accordance with ASTM E 139 standard.
Thermal shock resistance tests of materials and TBC shells at temperatures up to 1150°C .

Composite materials tests

  • Determining mechanical properties and temporary resistance at tension, compression, bending and shearing at temperatures from -70°C to 300°C, in accordance with ASTM – D 3039, D 3410, D 3518, D 4255.
  • Temporary resistance tests of adhesive joints for composite and metallic materials.
  • Fatigue tests of composite materials at temperatures from -70°C to 300°C, in accordance with ASTM – D 3479 standard.
  • Conditioning composite samples under controlled humidity and temperatures in the range of up to 300°C.

Director of  Materials & Structures Research Center (MSRC)
Antoni Niepokólczycki, PhD Eng.
phone: (+48) 22 846 00 11 ext. 524, 546
e-mail: antoni.niepokolczycki@ilot.edu.pl
www.cbmk.pl

Materials Test

Laboratory

Materials Test Laboratory performs specialized in materials tests in accordance with the European and world standards in the area of:

Metallic materials tests

– Static strength tests (tension, compression

and bending).

– Strain/load controlled low&high cycle

fatigue tests.

– Creep tests.

– High temperature oxidation and thermal

barrier coating spallation testing.

Composite materials tests

– Mechanical properties tests and

temporary strength tests under tension,

compression, bending and shearing.

– Strength tests of adhesive bonds

for composite and metallic materials.

– Fatigue tests of composite and metallic

materials.

– Composite materials conditioning.

Low Cycle Fatigue tests

– MTS, Instron – 27 test rigs.

– Specimens in accordance with ASTM and

other standards (length up to 500 mm).

– Tension and compression load:

up to 250kN.

– Frequency: up to 10 Hz.

– Test temperature: up to 900˚C .

High Cycle Fatigue tests

– MTS, Instron – 27 test rigs.

– Specimens in accordance with ASTM and

other standards (length up to 100 mm).

– Tension and compression load:

up to 250 kN.

– Frequency: up to 60 Hz.

– Test temperature: up to 900˚C.

Static Strength tests

– MTS, Instron – 14 test rigs.

– Specimens in accordance with ASTM and

other standards (length up to 800 mm).

– Tension and compression load:

up to 250 kN.

– Test temperature: -70 up to 900 ˚C.

Creep tests

– Creeps – 24 test rigs.

– Specimens in accordance with ASTM and

other standards (length up to 150 mm).

– Tension load: up to 50 kN.

– Test temperature: up to 1100˚C.

MATERIALS TEST

LABORATORY OFFER

Testing Laboratory offers specialized tests in the range of research materials in accordance with European standards and world actions and initiatives.

Testing of metallic materials

Static strength tests (tension, compression and bending) at temperatures from -70°C to 900°C, in accordance with ASTM – E 8, E 21, E 9, E 209 standards.

Strain/load controlled low&high cycle fatigue tests at temperatures up to 900°C, in accordance with ASTM – E 466, E 606, E 468, E 739 standards.

Creep tests at temperatures up to 1100°C, in accordance with ASTM E 139 standard.

Thermal shock resistance tests of materials and TBC shells at temperatures up to 1150°C .

Composite materials tests

Determining mechanical properties and temporary resistance at tension, compression, bending and shearing at temperatures from -70°C to 300°C, in accordance with ASTM – D 3039, D 3410, D 3518, D 4255.

Temporary resistance tests of adhesive joints for composite and metallic materials.

Fatigue tests of composite materials at temperatures from -70°C to 300°C, in accordance with ASTM – D 3479 standard.

Conditioning composite samples under controlled humidity and temperatures in the range of up to 300°C.