Engine test-houses and test stands
An engine test-house is a place where, under the supervision of experienced engineers, engines are subjected to a series of tests simulating different operating conditions.
These tests allow one to verify and confirm all the analyses and assumptions made by the engineers (designers, analysts) at the design stage.
What distinguishes our engine test-houses is the way in which they have been designed and developed. These are the only modular engine test-houses in this part of the world, and they significantly decrease the time required to prepare an engine for a test. This is particularly important, as at our engine test-houses we test the most recent engines and rationalizations, ones which have not appeared on the market yet. This is why each test is different. Owing to the modularity, we are able to conduct a test and prepare another engine to test at the same time.
There are 4 experimental engine test-houses within the framework of the R&DC: Prop and Dyno. The Prop test-house facilitates tests of the entire power units (engine with the propeller). On the other hand, the Dyno test-house power is measured with the use of a water brake, simulating the loads that can be experienced by an engine in the course of operation.
Tests also include a series of supporting systems, sensors and equipment. Our engineers ensure that each measuring instrument is properly calibrated, and for the engine test-house to simulate appropriate operating conditions. Work in this department includes meetings involving interdisciplinary and international teams. This is also where you can physically touch the finished product – such as an aircraft engine, grab a wrench and “get your hands dirty”.