In the safety-critical environment of the aerospace industry, it
is vital that new materials, components and equipment are tested
and evaluated for performance.
Our unrivalled facilities mean that we can test to the standards
of quality and reliability demanded by clients operating in the
aerospace sector. This includes, for example, our ability to
conduct a range of fire safety tests to the ISO2685
standard, impact tests at velocities up to Mach
3, battery safety tests, and electrostatic measurements in aviation
AC20-135 / ISO 2685
Fire Proof / Fire Resistance Testing
HSL offers three new burners (one propane and two liquid fuel),
including the latest 'NexGen' burner designed by the USA's Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA).
In our dedicated Burn Hall, we provide aerospace clients with
independent and flexible engineering and certification tests
to ISO 2685 and AC20-135
High Pressure Combustor Facility
Utilising a Rolls-Royce 'Tay' combustor can and operating
with either liquid or gaseous fuels (e.g. kerosene or methane), a
combustion flame can be generated at very high pressures and
temperatures: typically up to 70 bar and 2000 K.
This high presssure jet release can be used
for a range of testing and research.
Electrostatic Fluid Flow Facility
This large-scale facility can be used for measuring
electrostatic charge generation on liquids and components
(including composites) during fluid flow.
||Combined Cycle Gas
Our 25mm bore gas gun can test projectile masses typically
ranging from 1g to 1kg at speeds up to Mach 1, with the potential
for more depending upon requirements. The gas gun enclosure has two
ports for high speed video that can enable co-efficient of
This facility can be used for test coupons, whilst a large
enclosure also allows us to test components.
Battery Safety Facility
Used to study the risks arising from battery manufacture,
transport, storage and use, our battery safety chamber is a
purpose-built enclosure with a separate control room from which
HSL's battery testing specialists can initiate and monitor the
failure of cell and battery packs.
For full details, click here.
This versatile site is used for a variety of fire testing
purposes by commercial clients in different industry sectors.
Our state-of-the-art Burn Hall features an independent capture
tank and drainage and contains facilities for fire testing
aerospace components to
ISO 2685 and FAA AC20-135
Multi-Purpose Engineering Laboratory
Our Engineering Laboratory houses a range of test equipment
including: 50t/150t/250t universal test machines; a Rosand impact
machine, and a strong floor.
(inc. Strong Floor)
This equipment is suitable for benchmarking materials and for
small component testing.
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