Qualification Testing

NMG offers robust qualification testing and engineering services to demonstrate and document the durability and performance of our customers aerospace products and assemblies.
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Qualification Testing of Aircraft System Components

NMG is proud to offer a robust portfolio of testing capabilities to validate the environmental, structural, and functional performance of aerospace parts, products, and components. We’ve aligned our capabilities at our state-of-the-art testing and qualification facilities with RTCA DO-160 and other critical aerospace industry standards to ensure that we can help our customers remain competitive and current in the aerospace industry. In addition to standard tests, we can also design custom protocols for R&D and to predict outcomes of unique situations and environments. Whether we’re running a standard or custom test, we emphasize accuracy, reliability, and repeatability to ensure quality data.

NMG’s qualification testing capabilities

Temperature Testing

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’s thermal shock and environmental test chambers are to recreate these dramatic temperature swings or prolonged periods of extreme exposure in a controlled laboratory environment.

Altitude Testing

Changes in altitude are often accompanied by drastic 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 demonstrate how a component will handle altitude changes without ever leaving the ground.

Humidity Testing

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. NMG leverages humidity testing to allow manufacturers to qualify the effects of humidity on aerospace components in a controlled environment so they can make validate performance.

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 demonstrate how aircraft parts respond to these forces by recreating shocks in a qualification laboratory setting.

Vibration Testing

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 vibration profiles based on what they may encounter in service to ensure compliance with performance standards. NMG has deep knowledge of the vibration testing methods for each aircraft outlined in RTCA DO-160.

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.

Icing Testing

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.

Other Tests

NMG’s 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.

Continuous Improvement

NMG’s robust in-house testing capabilities are an important pillar of our commitment to continuous improvement. While testing is vital to demonstrating compliance, it also reveals data and insight that can pave the way for the next generation of exceptional aerospace components and platforms. Our team members are always looking to make our processes better so we can help you make your products better and remain competitive in the ever-changing aerospace market.

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