The Timken Co. recently completed construction of a new engine test cell at the company’s Mesa, Ariz., facility and now provides engine and component overhaul services to fixed-wing and rotorcraft operators on a variety of engine platforms.
The test cell includes:
- Two bays with separate controls allowing two different engines to run simultaneously;
- A new dynamometer rated at 2200 BHP and 7000 rev/min that is more reliable and can test a wider range of engines;
- A fully integrated state-of-the-art data acquisition system providing customers with testing reports;
- Interchangeable engine adapters and carts allowing maximum flexibility, increased test capacity and quick changeovers; and
- An inlet air system that reduces temperatures at the engine by 20° Fahrenheit, providing the opportunity to run on extremely hot days.
“We now have one stop for everything the customer needs, and that means they will enjoy faster service and reduced aircraft downtime,” said Larry Shiembob, general manager of Timken’s Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions. “With these comprehensive capabilities at Timken’s Mesa facility we can now receive a customer’s engine, completely overhaul it with either OEM or Timken replacement parts, and complete acceptance testing, all at one location,” he said. Shiembob explained that the investment benefits customers by improving engine overhaul capabilities with more efficient, on-site testing. This allows Timken to control the entire process and increase throughput for engine overhauls, he said.
The test cell is capable of analyzing the Pratt & Whitney PT6A, PT6T platforms, as well as the T53 engine.
For more information: Timken.com