HSE has worked with the aerospace
sector for several decades and in that time, we have helped to make
air travel safer, faster and more efficient.
In the safety-critical environment of the aerospace industry, it
is vital that new materials, components and equipment are tested
and evaluated for performance.
That's where our testing and monitoring services can help.
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 aerospace fire testing
to the ISO 2685 and AC20-135 standards, impact testing at
velocities up to Mach 3, battery safety testing and electrostatic
measurements in aviation fuel.
Contact TestingEnquiries@hse.gov.uk with your testing
Bespoke aerospace testing
As well as testing to recognised
standards, we excel in solving some of the most difficult
challenges that no one else can. The breadth of our capability and
the versatility of our testing facilities means that we can design
and deliver bespoke solutions to some of the most complex issues in
Jet Zero Solutions
The Ten Point Plan positions the UK at
the forefront of aviation to push forward low carbon travel for
combatting climate change.
The plan will drive the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels,
invest in R&D to develop zero-emission aircraft and develop the
infrastructure of the future at our airports.
Developing the new and innovative technologies, as well as the
infrastructure required to meet these objectives within the
timescales demanded, is going to be a challenge.
Innovating with agility and incorporating robust science and
evidence from the start to build-in safety, with the regulatory
landscape in mind, is imperative if we are to get right first-time
That's where HSE can help. Read about our Jet Zero solutions here.
Find out how we can help clients in
the aerospace sector fulfil their testing requirements by
+44 (0)203 028 2133
Powerplant Fire Testing Facility
In our dedicated Burn Hall we provide aerospace clients with
independent and flexible engineering and certification tests to
ISO 2685 and AC 20-135 standards.
We offer both the propane and liquid fuel burner options included
in the standards, alongside an FAA-design 'NexGen' burner aligned
with future plans for powerplant fire testing.
High Pressure Combustor Facility
Our high-pressure combustor is based on a modified
Rolls-Royce 'Tay' combustor can using either liquid or gaseous
fuels (for example Jet A1 or methane) and allows 3-minute run times
with a combustion flame in excess of 50 bar / 2000 K.
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 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.
Bore Gas Gun
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
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 our
battery testing specialists can initiate and monitor the failure of
cell and battery packs. For full details, click here.
Multi-Purpose Engineering Laboratory (inc. Strong
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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