NTS Dana Point

Dana Point, California

28 Monarch Bay Plaza, Suite F
Dana Point, CA 92629
T: 949.429.8615
Logan McLeod - General Manager
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NTS Dana Point is part of the largest worldwide network of independent testing laboratories, providing expert engineering services to a range of industries in both the defense and commercial sectors.

Our extensive knowledge of current design, and test and evaluation requirements, both military and commercial, can assist you in your product development projects and define the proper design requirements for your product to achieve maximum customer acceptance.

Facility Highlights

  • 3D Parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Analysis
  • Structural and Thermal Analysis using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Software
  • Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Software
  • Custom Test Apparatus Design and Development
  • Project Engineering in Support of Unique Test Program Requirements
  • Interior and Exterior Ballistics Analysis of Projectiles and Solid Rocket Motors

NTS Dana Point runs start-to-finish projects from:

  • Engineering design and analysis of a new product
  • Complex engineering thermal and/or structural analysis
  • Customized test apparatus design
  • Development for qualification of your complete system to customer specified requirements

The technical personnel at NTS Dana Point have extensive experience in all aspects of computer aided engineering (CAE) analysis, product lifecycle requirements, failure analysis, and the development of custom test apparatus.

Engineering Design Analysis

Our engineers and scientists are recognized experts in the performance of a wide array of engineering design analysis including:

  • 3D parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Mechanism dynamics analysis
  • Static and dynamic structural and thermal Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Fluid dynamics analysis with heat transfer of internal and external flows using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software
  • Design and development of customized test apparatus
  • Thermal modeling, simulation, and testing (TMST) of telecommunications equipment

Interior/Exterior Ballistics Analysis

At NTS Dana Point, we also perform interior and exterior ballistics analysis of projectiles and solid rocket motor designs. Capabilities include software licenses for:

  • CREO Parametric
  • CREO Simulate
  • ANSYS Mechanical
  • FloTHERM
  • Autodesk Simulation CFD
  • And a number of multi-core/multi-processor computer workstations

Thermal Analysis

Thermal analysis capabilities at NTS cover everything from simple conduction problems to full conjugate heat transfer incorporating conduction, convection and radiation. Our suite of analysis software includes Autodesk Simulation CFD, FloTHERM, ANSYS mechanical and CREO Simulate. Analysis capabilities include full conjugate heat transfer in complex assemblies, electronic/telecommunication systems cooling, purely radiative heat transfer for space applications, transient analysis, infrared thermography, parametric optimization and more. In addition, many of our tools are highly integrated with various different CAD platforms which allow direct import of your geometry to ensure model accuracy and provide seamless integration of thermal analysis with your existing product development cycle. If you have a thermal management problem, our teams of highly-skilled thermal analysts have the knowledge, expertise, and resources to provide the solution.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

From supersonic compressible flow to creeping flow in a MEMS microfluidic device, NTS has the tools and expertise to help you succeed. Our highly skilled fluid dynamicists are available to assist with overall system design, optimization, and analysis.

Capabilities include internal and external flow, high speed compressible flow (up to mach 5), prediction of body forces such as drag and lift, fluid-structure interaction, pump/fan power requirements, and more. Our software tools incorporate both finite volume and finite element based techniques, both Cartesian and unstructured meshing, turbulent and laminar flow, and can incorporate all three modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) if your CFD analysis requires. In addition, many of our tools are highly integrated with various different CAD platforms which allow direct import of your geometry to ensure model accuracy and provide seamless integration of CFD analysis with your existing product development cycle.

Mechanical Analysis

NTS can help design your mechanical parts and assemblies to function precisely as desired. Using Creo Simulate, Creo Mechanism Dynamics Option, and MSC ADAMS we help design optimal mechanisms for a wide variety of applications. We also optimize design for fit, form, and function. We specialize in taking your existing designs and improving them based on our wealth of experience so that you don't miss important considerations that could result in costly post-manufacturing problems.

Examples of our design improvements are:

  • Modifying electrical housings for shock testing
  • Reducing vibration to customer-specified levels
  • Airframe strengthening for new configurations
  • Mechanism Design and Analysis

NTS virtual analysis and design of your mechanism can significantly reduce cost and time to market caused by repeated prototype build/test cycles. We offer complete analysis and design services for your complex mechanisms and mechanical linkages including:

  • Modeling springs, dampers, motors, friction, gravity, and custom dynamic loads to evaluate product performance
  • Use of design studies to optimize the mechanism’s performance over a range of input variables
  • Sizing of motors, springs, and dampers
  • Design and evaluation of cam and slot profiles for peak performance
  • Creation of accurate motion envelopes for use in interference and space claim studies
  • Prediction of dynamic loading to facilitate design of stronger, lighter, more efficient mechanisms

Stress Analysis

NTS can subject your structure to the loads that it will experience in testing before it ever gets to the test stand, thereby identifying potential design problems and providing the critical insight needed to address them in advance so that you can breeze through the formal testing process.  Our stress analysis capabilities cover a wide range of functional requirements:

  • FEA (finite element analysis) using ANSYS and NASTRAN to make sure that stress levels do not exceed material allowables
  • Shock analysis to meet MIL-STD-901
  • Drop test analysis
  • Fracture mechanics to predict crack growth, as required by NASA
  • Material selection for strength, corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, and weight
  • Impact analysis using LSDYNA for bird strike, tire fragments, and containment of high energy rotating parts
  • Thermal growth and thermal stress prediction
  • Failure analysis and recommendations for design optimization

Structural Dynamic Analysis

Many common specifications (such as MIL-STD-810, RTCA DO-160, MIL-STD-164, and MIL-S-901) require vibration and other forms of dynamic analysis. NTS provides the following dynamic analysis services to ensure your product meets its requirements.

  • Shock analysis to MIL-S-901 levels, or to a particular shock spectrum
  • Modal analysis to determine resonant frequencies, to satisfy MIL-STD-164 and DO-160
  • Forced vibration and sine sweeps for DO-160
  • Vibration isolation. Given a PSD curve or other vibration input, NTS can develop a vibration isolation solution to meet your goals.
  • Determination of noise source and vibration problems, implementation of solutions
  • Solutions to vibration-related fatigue problems

Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA)

NTS has the expertise, systems, equipment and procedures needed to properly conduct Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA) for your products. Our extensive base of FMEA knowledge enables us to quickly and accurately recognize and determine where failures are occurring; their likelihood or reoccurrence, and the system-wide effect of the failures. At the conclusion of your project you will receive a formal FMEA report documenting all relevant findings and recommendations. NTS can also assist with the implementation of recommended FMEA modifications/solutions for your products.

White Papers

"Analysis of Inter-Chamber Energy and Mass Transport in High-Low Pressure Gun Systems" by Ryan Hill and Dr. Logan McLeod

"Modeling of Ordnance-Induced Pyrotechnic Shock Testing" by Dr. Logan McLeod and Santina Tatum

"Methodology for Transient Thermal Analysis of Machine Gun Barrels Subjected to Burst Firing Schedules" by Ryan Hill and Dr. Logan McLeod

More Information

Click here to download the NTS Dana Point fact sheet for more details on specifications, tests, and capabilities. Contact us today to discuss your next program!

Updated July 19, 2016