Environmental Testing at Element Warwick
Element is one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials testing, product qualification testing, calibration and advisory services. Their team of over 6,700 employees operate from 188 locations in more than 30 countries on 5 continents. Customers come from diverse industries.
Element’s laboratory in Warwick covers 42,000 ft² and is the largest independent UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited environmental test facility in the UK. Around 75% of the testing performed at the laboratory is for the aerospace sector – from large OEMs such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and UTC Aerospace to Tier 3 component suppliers.
Vibration is the highest value testing at the laboratory. Its eight vibration test cells each have a retractable roof to reduce noise and for positioning large test objects. The two largest shakers are 160 kN LDS V984s: they weigh 18 tons, are water cooled, can move test objects of up to two tons in three axes on a table up to 2.1m wide (7ft) and can be swapped between horizontal and vertical configurations. The shakers are connected to an m+p VibControl control and monitoring system using 32-channel m+p VibRunner acquisition hardware. Software is standardized across all the machines and engineers use an automated documentation program to collate test results and output them into a single Microsoft Word file. In this way, a tremendous amount of time is saved.
We are happy that Element trust in m+p international’s products for their sophisticated and complex vibration control and monitoring tasks. m+p VibControl vibration controllers are used with LDS shakers in many laboratories throughout the world. Since December 2018, there is a cooperation agreement for the worldwide marketing of m+p VibControl vibration control systems between m+p international Mess- und Rechnertechnik GmbH and Brüel & Kjaer Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S. Brüel & Kjaer will offer m+p VibControl systems together with LDS shakers as a complete solution to its customers.
Read more about environmental testing at Element Warwick in the article “Shake & bake”, Aerospace Testing International, December 2018.