TURBOSHAFT/PROP ENGINE TEST CELLS

From the design and construction of brick & mortar Turboshaft/Prop test cells to the manufacture of modular cells to the upgrade and overhaul of existing facilities, Atec has the products and experience to support you. Atec has been the Prime contractor on many large-scale turboshaft engine test facilities, and we offer the most innovative menu of solutions.  Atec’s newest team member, Vital Link, has extensive experience with turboshaft test projects coordinated from the US and UK. Additionally, Atec and Celtech offer proven, tarmac-based intermediate systems for turboshaft/prop testing.

Upgrade and Overhaul Existing Facilities: Fixed or Portable

Design and Construct Turnkey Turboshaft & Turboprop Test Cells


Configurable for Multi-Engine Applications, such as:

  • Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6, APUs
  • Pratt & Whitney 100, 150, 200
  • Rolls Royce T56, 501, AE2100 (J)
  • Rolls Royce (Allison) A250, T63, RR300, RR500
  • General Electric T64, T58, T38
  • General Electric T700, CT7, GE38, T407/408
  • Honeywell T53, T55, TPE331, AGT 1500, HTS 400, LTS101, CTS800, APUs
  • Safran Turbomeca Arrius, Arriel, TM333, Arrano, Ardiden, Makila, RTM322
  • Safran Power Units APUs
  • UTAS/HS APUs

Overview:

  • Turnkey engine test facilities: fixed masonry or portable
  • Equipped to test multiple engines
  • ADAQ™ Data Acquisition and Control System
  • Choice of Engine Loading Systems
  • Regenerative Electric Dynamometers – Green Power Approach
  • Hydraulic Dynamometers with Complete Closed-Loop Cooling Water System
  • Air Dynamometers, Propellers

Some of our Turboshaft Customers:

  • USN/USMC Air Depot in Cherry Point, NC
  • Bristow in New Iberia, LA
  • RollsWood Group in Sugar Land, TX
  • Colombian Air Force/GE in Madrid, Colombia
  • Bell/McTurbine in Corpus Christi, TX
  • Indonesian Air Force in Halim, Indonesia
  • USAF, ANG, US Army and USN in worldwide locations
  • Romanian Air Force in Bucharest, Romania
  • USN/French Air Force DGA in Bordeaux, France
  • Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA
  • Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, In

Samples of our Turboshaft Projects:

T64/T700 Turboshaft Engine Test Cell

Atec has handled many significant projects in terms of complexity and cost. As part of a project for the Navy, Atec demolished the existing internal system and a completely new test system was installed. Atec was instrumental in the design of a custom water-dynamometer, which allows the T64 and T700 engines to be tested inside the same test cell.

This included:
• Retrofit of T400 Engine Test Cell to accommodate T64 and T700 Series Turboshaft Engine Testing
• Design, manufacture, and install universal engine test stand
• Hydraulic dynamometers
• Closed-loop dynamometer cooling water system
• Improved airflow
• New ADAQ™, data acquisition and control system
• Upgraded operator control room, Fuel Delivery and measurement system, and new Air Start system for the T700 engine
• Install of new water cooling tower and piping, dual water dynamometer system (or the Versatile Engine Test System, VETS), electric start system for the T-64 engine
• Modification to the Air Intake system and new Exhaust system
• Upgraded Fire System
• Hazmat disposal of excavated soil and asbestos abatement in several areas

Turnkey A250 TurboShaft Test Cell

Atec designed, fabricated, and Installed an A250 test cell for Air Logistics, a Bristow Company. This was a turnkey test system that enables rapid engine throughput, simple operator interface, and a data acquisition system that captures all required engine parameters. Atec took an innovative approach to applying load to the engine during testing by incorporating a regenerative electric drive that utilizes two high-speed electric motors. The electrical power genterated by the AC motors will not only provide mechanical braking torque for loading the engine, but also turn the load into useable electric power that is synchronized for use on the local power grid.

Project:
• Turnkey A250 TurboShaft Test Cell
• Configured with ADAQ™ data acquisition and control system

Atec is currently performing test cell studies involving 3 locations to optimize engine maintenance lines. Upgrade modifications are likely to follow.
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Reciprocating Engine Test Cell to TurboShaft Engine Test Cell Conversion

Atec converted a marine test cell into a turbine engine test cell for a company in Sugar Land. The test cell is recognized for hot end and cold end drives, and is designed to test multiple engine types within the single cell.

  • Design for single cell testing of multiple engines (T56 derivatives)
  • Engine types: Rolls-Royce 501-KB, 501-KB5, 501-KB5S, 501-KC, 501-KC5, and 501-KF
  •  Capable of testing turboshaft engines up to 15,000 HP with additional adapters
  •  Floor-mounted skid with engine carts for quick engine change
  •  Air dynamometer interface with various engine shaft arrangements, Common with FEDS (T-24/T-33)
  •  Two exhaust stack systems to allow multiple engine test configurations with air dynamometer
  •  Oversaw installation of natural gas line
  •  Critical acoustic requirements
  •  Class 1, Div 1 test cell (explosion proof)
T700, T53, PT6 Turboshaft Engines Test Cell Upgrade

Celtech Corp. (Atec subsidiary) is completing a T700, T53 and PT6 test cell (Depot) upgrade for helicopter and trainer/transport engines. Key engineers and field personnel have been in-country as needed over an eighteen month period to date with extremely complex contracting, political and administrative issues handled successfully. All three turboshaft engines have been successfully tested. All Celtech systems are working and final check out is expected for all parties in early 2016.

  • Engine Types: T700, T53 and PT6 test cells (Depot) upgrade for helicopter and trainer/transport engines
  • Retrofit test cell to test multiple turboshaft engine types
  • Brought software & instrumentation together into an existing facility
  • Upgraded Data Acquisition Software
  • Installed touch screen facility (PLC) controls
  • New pressure transducers
  • Dynamometer controls
  • Accessory mechanical items
  • Operational consulting & troubleshooting
  • High altitude (9200′) calibration & correlation assistance
 

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