Here at Portsmouth Aviation we recognise that testing the integrity of any product is as important as the design and manufacture process. Changing environmental conditions, high stress situations and general wear and tear are all potential factors that can alter the behaviour of a product and here at Portsmouth Aviation we are able to provide post manufacture services that allow you to understand how your products will operate in real-life conditions.
Our expertise in Test House environments enables us to create dynamic and bespoke testing solutions so that, even if you have no idea how to get information relating to the limitations of your product, we can help you gather all of the data you need.
The testing facility has the capability to provide data for safe working load testing, proof load testing and destructive testing of materials and structures. Tensile, pressure and vacuum testing can also be carried out.
The testing facility has two test rigs that can be adapted to suit most of the requirements of our customers or we can create special purpose rigs for a particular configuration requirement.
Test Rig 1 is capable of taking loads of up to 100 tonnes in two directions and 50 tonnes in all directions. It has a test area of 3.96 m x 2.43 m x 3.00 m and has two built in 2000 kg hoists fitted.
Test Rig 2 has a test area of 3.4 m x 1.6 m x 1.5 m and has a longitudinally moveable lifting beam capable of lifting 2000 kg. This rig was originally designed to trial small weapon loading vehicles.
Also available is a safe viewing area where the customer may watch the testing in progress without the need for extra Risk Assessments, Personal Protective Equipment etc.
Associated Testing Equipment
We have an extensive range of steel beams, link plates, tie rods and lifting accessories for special purpose rig and frame building.
A comprehensive inventory of calibrated test and measuring equipment includes dial test indicators, hydraulic dead weight tester, load cells reading up to 100 kN, hydraulic rams up to 326kN, weights of 10 g through to 20 kg (Imperial from 2 oz to 50 lb), electric/manual air/oil pressure pumps max 700 bar in oil and 2,500 psi in nitrogen/air.
We also have other laboratories situated within the factory that are available for hardness and conductivity testing.
Test Facility Limitations
The Test Bay entrance is restricted to a width of 2.28 mtrs x height 2.89 mtrs.