Pneumatic Testing

Pneumatics Test System – Heaters 3 and 4

Pneumatics Test Facility

NTS Santa Clarita is home to our largest pneumatics test capabilities. The pneumatics test facility is designs to conduct testing of air flow, pressure and temperature management subsystems and components requiring compressed air in a controlled environment. Other environments which can be combined with pneumatic testing include; external thermal control, structural stress, and vibration.

The pneumatics test system is comprised of four high-capacity convection heaters, seven air compressors with boosters, two compressed air receivers (ullage tanks), air distribution piping and controls, high flow, low pressure air blowers, and supporting capabilities such as thermal chambers, small air compressors, LN2 and GN2.

The system is operated from the adjacent control room outfitted with a data acquisition and control system for the monitoring, control, and recording of unit under test (UUT) requirements, including streaming video. The data acquisition and control system has the capacity to support up to ten tests in parallel at seven workstations, including four large/complex test programs. The system has virtually unlimited capacity for temperature, pressure, flow and other customer and facility data channel requirements, with portable data interface, signal conditioning, and control cabinets. Multiple direct Ethernet data connections from test cell to control room allow for easy reconfiguration and expansion of localized data interface cabinets. Additionally, the workstations can be configured for independent customer data viewing and analysis, while the control room can be segmented to isolate proprietary customer usage when needed.

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When is Pneumatic Testing used?

Typical systems and components which NTS tests in our pneumatics testing facility include:

  • Jet engine bleed air systems and associated components (valves, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Aerospace environmental control systems and associated components (heat exchangers, valves, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Transportation and industrial combustion and exhaust management systems and associated components (heat exchangers, valves, turbo chargers, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Other subsystems and components that require compressed air at varying pressures, flows and temperatures for sustained periods.

Pneumatic Test System Highlights

Process Convection Heaters

 

Heaters 1 and 2

Heaters 1 and 2
  • Discharge air up to 1000°F, 120 lbs/min air input
  • Discharge air up to 300 psig @50 lbs/min @ 1000°F
  • Example: Flow rate of 220 lbs/min @ 400°F
  • Automated control for test point temperatures using ambient mix valve.
  • Allows for continuous feedback temperature control and dynamic control of cycling temperatures

Heaters 3 and 4

  • Discharge air up to 1200°F at UUT, 300 psig, 350 lbs/min air input.
  • Heaters can be operated in parallel to support one test cell or separately to support two test cells.
  • Pressure drop across heaters varies with flow, temperature and pressure. It is projected to be approximately 20 psig at design conditions as stated above.
  • State of the art, low NOx burners and Flue Gas Recirculation (FGR) to meet very stringent 9 ppm SCAQMD NOx requirement.
  • Control system provides fully automatic start-up sequencing; control of VFD driven induced draft, FGR, and forced draft fans; firing rate and safety oversight.
  • Primary control loop is closed on process air outlet temperature.
  • Oxygen analyzers in the flue gas and oxidant streams facilitate very accurate combustion control.
  • The main control panel based on a Honeywell PLC is located in the control room and gives the operator full visibility (including trending) of operating parameters.

Air Compressor Systems

Ingersoll Rand Compressor Bank:

Ingersoll Rand Compressor Bank

The air compressor system is capable of supplying compressed air from both banks to one test cell or to several test cells in parallel depending on the individual test pressure and flow requirements.

  • 4 each: Single stage rotary screw air compressor (145 psig @ 200 HP) w/ air dryer, coalescing and particle filter
  • 3 each: Kaeser booster  145 psig inlet / 300 psig discharge @ 50 HP
  • Compressed Air Pressure Receivers (ullage)

Kaeser Compressor Bank:

  • 3 each: Single stage rotary screw air compressor (175 psig @150 HP) w/ air dryer, coalescing and particle filter
  • 3 each: Kaeser booster 170 psig inlet / 300 psig discharge @ 50 HP Compressed Air Pressure Receivers (ullage)
  • Air Receiver #1, 13,696 gallons (US liquid), 1831 ft³, 300 psig
  • Air Receiver #2, 7,500 gallons (US liquid), 1,002 ft³, 300 psig

    Kaiser Compressor Bank

Other Supporting Capabilities

  • Thermal control chambers
  • High pressure compressors up to 42 lbs/min at 1,000 psig
  • High temp oven up to 2,000°F
  • House GN2 @ up to 2,300 psig
  • Low volume pneumatic pumps up to 40,000 psig for burst tests
  • Several methods of heating pneumatic systems besides our flow heaters, such as electrical and gas burners, SuE burners
  • SuE burners and combustors capable of temperatures in excess of 2,000°F, at full flow capability (300 lbs/min)
  • Air delivery at flow, temperature and pressure to large vibration exciters (45K lb/Force) > 200 lbs/min @ > 3,000 psig and temperatures from -280°F  to > 1,000°F

South Pneumatics Facility

South Pneumatics Facility

Flow Facility Highlights

  • Up to 300 lbs/min at 300 psig and 1,200°F temperature delivery to UUT
  • 3 test bays
  • 15,000 scfm low pressure blower (4 psig)

High Pressure Facility Highlights

  • GN2 and GHe testing up to 6,000 psig
  • High pressure blow downs for rated flow, pressure drop, etc.
  • High temperature furnace for testing up to 2,500°F
  • Helium recovery system to reduce program costs

Other Supporting Capabilities

  • Thermal control chambers
  • High pressure compressors up to 42 lbs/min at 1,000 psig
  • High temp oven up to 2,000°F
  • House GN2 @ up to 2,300 psig
  • Low volume pneumatic pumps up to 40,000 psig for burst tests
  • Several methods of heating pneumatic systems besides our flow heaters, such as electrical and gas burners, SuE burners
  • SuE burners and combustors capable of temperatures in excess of 2,000°F, at full flow capability (300 lbs/min)
  • Air delivery at flow, temperature and pressure to large vibration exciters (45K lb/Force) > 200 lbs/min @ > 3,000 psig and temperatures from -280°F  to > 1,000°F

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