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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 fuel.


Find out how we can help clients in the aerospace sector fulfil their large-scale testing requirements by contacting:

David Johnson on (+44) 01298 218217 or send an email


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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

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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.

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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.

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Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Facility

Clients can use this facility to investigate the performance and safety of combined cycle gas turbine systems (including heat recovery systems) and operation on novel fuels.

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Gas Gun(s)

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 restitution calculations.

This facility can be used for test coupons, whilst a large enclosure also allows us to test components.

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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.

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Burn Hall

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 standards.

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Multi-Purpose Engineering Laboratory
(inc. Strong Floor)

Our Engineering Laboratory houses a range of test equipment including: 50t/150t/250t universal test machines; a Rosand impact machine, and a strong floor.

This equipment is suitable for benchmarking materials and for small component testing.

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