MCS’s pneumatic test facility has recently completed process of being upgraded with capital expenditures exceeding 4.0 Million dollars. The upgrades included the addition of a new high pressure compressor, four storage tanks that added 11,200 cubic feet of air capacity and a high efficiency closed loop cooling tower to keep the high pressure compressors from over heating. In addition, a high flow blower that can flow 3000 CFM of air at 12 psig was added to simulate fan air that is typically used to cool down the bleed air. Moreover, the electric infrastructure was upgraded with an underground distribution network and an added capacity of 3,000 Amperes for a total of 5,000 Amperes. With this added capacity, a flow rate of 300 ppm at 300 psig can be sustained for a total of one hour in a blow down situation. With both high pressure compressors running, a flow rate of 300 ppm at 300 psig can be maintained for seven hours. This flow capacity will allows MCS to conduct development testing on high flow pneumatic systems on the premises.
In addition to the high capacity facility upgrades, Meggitt’s pneumatic test facility is comprised of 13 individual test drops plumbed to access the 600 psig air held in storage tanks. For elevated test conditions there are two natural gas heaters with the required control circuitry provide up to 1200 degree Fahrenheit air to selected test stations. Other test stations are dedicated to room temperature air testing.
In the MCS Coventry facility a secondary pneumatic flow station is available also capable of flowing representative mass flows at elevated temperatures for the development and ATP of a range of engine bleed valves. MCS can therefore offer flexibility and capacity for the flow and performance testing necessary during both the development and mature production of the PW1100G/PW1400G programs.
The system is equipped with the required ancillary moisture and oil separators, having automatic drain provisions between the first and second compression stages, and between the second and third compression stages. The third stage air only requires oil filtration on its output.
For the Air Cooled Oil Cooler, MCS combine in-house testing at our test facility in Coventry with our out-sourced experienced test partners.