SPAIN, 8 Oct. 2013. EADS, the parent company of Airbus, has expanded its vibration test capabilities with a new electrodynamic shaker and controller system by Brüel & Kjær.
EADS engineers installed the system at the company’s Structural Test Laboratory in Getafe, Madrid. This facility, where aviation started in Spain in the 20th century, is the current location for Airbus Military engineering; production is carried out in the company’s Andalucía site.
The new vibration test system enables EADS engineers to carry out sine, random, and classic shock testing on flight elements of aircraft, such as the A400M, CN295, and MRTT, according to procedures and standards in RTCA-DO-160 and MIL-STD-810.
For propeller aircraft applications, sinusoidal (sine) testing can be used to simulate phenomena such as wind-milling, where a stopped engine is turned by the airflow.
For jet aircraft applications, random vibration is used to simulate the vibration environment. It is ideal for production, durability, and fatigue testing of electronics and components in helicopters and military vehicles, explains a spokesperson.
The system includes a large LDS-V875 shaker and a laser USB controller.