NMG Aerospace offers a wide range of testing capabilities to validate the environmental, structural, and functional performances of aerospace parts, products, and components. Our state-of-the-art testing and qualification facilities emphasize accuracy, reliability, and repeatability to ensure quality data.
Types of Quality Testing
NMG is proud to offer a robust portfolio of quality and performance testing services for aerospace components. Our capabilities align closely with RTCA DO-160 and other critical industry standards to ensure that our customers remain competitive and current. We can also design custom tests for R&D purposes and to predict outcomes of unique situations and environments.
Our test capabilities include:
From the heat of launch to the extreme chill of altitude, aerospace components are often exposed to a wide range of extreme temperatures while in service. The purpose of temperature testing is to predict how a given material or component will perform under these circumstances. NMG can use thermal shock and environmental test chambers to recreate these dramatic temperature swings or prolonged periods of extreme exposure in a controlled laboratory environment and use the data collected during testing to make predictions about the long-term performance of an aerospace part or material.
Changes in altitude are often accompanied by dramatic changes in both temperature and pressure. Aircraft parts and materials must be able to withstand these changes while continuing to fulfill their intended purpose. Laboratory altitude testing allows manufacturers to predict how a component will handle altitude changes without ever leaving the ground.
Many aircraft components are exposed to humid environments while in service. While excess humidity can cause a number of issues, the greatest is corrosion, which can lead to mechanical failure and electrical shortages. Understanding the effects of humidity is vital to designing a system that can maintain performance when exposed to humid conditions. Humidity testing allows manufacturers to observe the effects of humidity on aerospace components in a controlled environment so they can make adjustments as necessary and validate performance.
Operation Shock and Crash Safety Testing
Even in normal operations, an aircraft—and its many components and assemblies—can experience a variety of shocks. Landing, taxiing, strong winds during flight, and other standard events can transmit shock throughout the aircraft. Operation shock and crash safety testing is designed to assess how aircraft parts respond to these forces by recreating shocks in a laboratory setting and examining components under test for signs of damage or malfunction.
Propellers, fans, turbojets, and other aerospace mechanisms generate a lot of vibration while in service. The intensity and duration of vibration can vary depending on the aircraft and the flight. Aircraft components can be subjected to standardized and vibration profiles based on what they may encounter in service to ensure compliance with performance standards. RTCA DO-160 outlines a few different test methods based on the type of aircraft.
Waterproofness or Fluid Susceptibility Testing
From puddles on the runway to precipitation in the skies, aircraft are constantly exposed to moisture. Fluid susceptibility testing is designed to assess a component’s vulnerability to fluid ingress and fluid contamination. NMG can recreate a wide range of fluid exposure scenarios in a controlled laboratory setting based on the unique environment of each component. Testing methods range from full immersion or soak testing to minimal contact or dripping.
Changes in altitude, humidity, and temperature can lead to ice buildup on many aircraft. Icing test protocols can recreate several icing scenarios, based on the location of a component within an aircraft, and determine whether performance is compromised by icing. A testing expert can assess a variety of specifications, such as the maximum thickness of ice a component can tolerate.
Our qualification testing facilities are equipped for a wide range of additional validation, performance, and conditioning tests. We can design custom protocols and combine multiple variables to recreate unique service environments based on our customers’ needs.
The team at NMG shares a deep commitment to continuous improvement. Every one of our experts undergoes intensive training on lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles, so we can work together to identify opportunities to make our systems and processes better. We’re always striving to make our offerings faster, more efficient, and more cost effective, and we work hard to pass that savings along to our customers.
NMG is focused on providing excellent qualification testing for aerospace parts, components, and assemblies. We are committed to ensuring that our test results are reliable, accurate, and completed in a timely manner. To learn more about NMG’s qualification testing capabilities for aircraft components, talk to a member of our team >