Element Materials Technology has made investment in its aerospace product qualification testing site in Bloomington, Minneapolis to expand the site’s capabilities.

The investment in the Aerospace EMC and Environmental Testing Center of Technical Excellence will enable the facility to test electrical power management systems for various commercial and military aircraft.

The newly installed high-speed rotational testing capability features a high-speed drive system with a 300HP motor that has a dual head oil cooled gearbox with outputs of 18,000RPM and 30,000RPM.

Element Materials Technology Aerospace executive vice-president Rick Sluiters said: “There is significant demand within the aerospace sector to be able to test generators for the largest electrical power management systems.

“This investment, alongside our full suite of RTCA DO160 and MIL-STD-461/810 environmental and electromagnetic interference (EMI) capabilities, means that we are able to offer our aerospace customers a fully comprehensive set of capabilities in product qualification testing.

“Element’s technical expertise is such that very few organisations are able to provide this type of service, with the requisite level of quality control and project management demanded in the sector.’’

The Element Minneapolis–Bloomington laboratory currently provides different kinds of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic interference, environmental, climatic, dynamics, hydraulics and fuel system testing services.

The centre also performs testing on generators and provides support functions such as oil/air cooling, hydraulic circuits, data acquisition and electrical load banks.

Earlier this week, Element opened a laboratory in Duqm, Oman to provide improved testing services for customers in the region.