TRaC has invested heavily over a two year period to be able to offer test facilities which compete and sometimes better others in the industry. All Military test chambers are located on one site within a large secure compound.
Military EMC Testing
Testing and certification of defence / military equipment TRaC has the ability to test equipment over a wide range of emissions and immunity requirements to commercial, industrial and military standards. We can easily identify which range of tests exists that must be passed by your equipment if it is to fulfil the requirements placed upon it. We test to the following standards in addition to manufacturer specific standards which are based on the same (i.e. Boeing, Eurocae, Airbus etc):
|Military EMC||DEF-STD 59-41/59-411, DEF-STD 61-5,
MIL-STD704E, MIL-STD 1275B, MIL-STD 461E,
RTCA DO160D/E1, Lightning Testing, Eurofighter
|Environmental||MIL-STD -810, DEF STAN 00-35|
Lightning Testing of Military Aircraft
Lightning testing is required for equipment supplied to the aerospace industry and military aircraft. The increasing use of composite materials in the design of the aircraft superstructure, to reduce weight, means that equipment is more vulnerable to lightning effects. As a result the test standards has evolved and become more stringent. For new build aircraft, ALL equipment supplied must meet Safety of Flight (SOF) criteria, which includes lightning, prior to being installed and then full qualification testing.
Military Testing for Explosive Atmospheres
The commonly used explosive atmosphere test for military applications is taken from MIL-STD 810F. The test of method 511.4 is performed to demonstrate the ability of equipment to operate in fuel-air explosive atmospheres without causing ignition. This method applies to all equipment designed for use in the vicinity of fuel-air explosive atmospheres associated with aircraft, automotive, and marine fuels at or above sea level (up to 12,200 metres).
Military Radio testing
TRaC Radio laboratories has over 15 years experience in testing an extensive range of radios and RF devices from household applications right though to 100kW FM broadcast transmitters. The laboratories can perform measurements on equipment with a fundamental frequency of operation between 9kHz to 110GHz. Our facilities are UKAS accredited to EN17025 and are listed for both the FCC and Industry Canada.
Environmental Testing and Analysis
TRaC can provide environmental testing services and Finite Element Analysis. Our skilled engineers will assist you in designing a real-world environmental simulation test strategy, such as the following:
- Vibration and Shock
- Hydrodynamic Testing
- Driving Sand and Dust
- Ingress Protection
- Fluid Contamination
- Solar Heating
- Salt corrosion
- Temperature, Altitude and Humidity
- Bespoke Climatic Testing
- Bespoke Dynamic Testing
Stress Analysis consultancy services assist the defence industry
Stress Analysis consultancy services TRaC are working with the UK's leading defence companies to assist them in developing products which meet the severe demands placed upon them. Whether it's weight reduction, reliability, survivability or strength and fatigue issues, our engineers can help. TRaC's team can analyse your product at the development stage as well as conduct your physical testing. We not only provide analysis services but will also advise on how to improve the design in order to meet in service requirements. Because we are experts in physical test as well as structural analysis we have a unique in-depth understanding of fatigue, durability and stress. TRaC are experts in the use of Adams, the most widely used multi-body dynamics and motion analysis software in the World. This allows us to study the dynamics of your multiple moving parts, how loads and forces are distributed throughout mechanical systems, and how to improve and optimise the mechanical performance of your products. Traditional "build and test" design methods are now too expensive, too time consuming, and sometimes even impossible to do. Not only can we analyse linear vibration and transient dynamics, but we can also analyse the large rotations and other highly nonlinear motion of full mechanical systems.
CE Marking of defence equipment
The conditions of supply to defence customers is not well understood universally by all suppliers relating to product approval/qualification as there may be conflicting advice and multiple requirements. This paper highlights the issues regarding the supply of material to the UK's defence industry and highlights the requirements in the case of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
Military test reports
Military and Aerospace test reporting requires a very professional approach with careful attention to detail as laid down in the test standards. These reports are more involved than most "commercial" reports because of the nature of complex equipment under test. Also, the frequency range of concern is much broader and the amount of test equipment used much greater than most commercial testing. At TRaC we acknowledge the requirement for speedily generated test reports. Under normal circumstances reports are generated within two weeks. However we do offer a report generation service within 2-3 days if required.)
The following other services can be offered
RADAZ trials, ship trials, Mutual interference trials, CISPR, TEMPEST to NSTISSAM and NATO AMSG, site surveys and interference investigation.
You also have access to:
- Secure test facilities that are security cleared and approved under Section 5 of the Firearms Act
- Secure large compound for safe storage of vehicles.
- SC cleared engineers.
- Customers’ office and recreation space.
- Additional support equipment such as fibre optic CAN bus link.
Benefits of testing at TRaC
TRaC is a national UKAS accredited body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, and provide certification, testing and inspection services.
One Stop Service – TRaC provides combined services covering all aspects of EMC, ATEX, Machinery, Radio, Environment and Safety testing. We can coordinate testing in all the areas mentioned. TRaC has the expertise in the fields of CE marking and Military and Aerospace approvals to be able to advise you on how the requirements interface with one another.
Flexibility – Our engineers have the expertise and experience to assist with budgetary and project scheduling. You can trust our skilled engineers to provide you with a more efficient way to address regulatory requirements. Extended 24 hour days can be organised to help meet strict deadlines.
Confidentiality - In the highly specialist areas of Military and Aerospace EMC, our secure test facilities are and approved under Section 5 of the Firearms Act. Our engineers are Security Cleared and customer focused. We take pride in assuring the confidentiality of your business.
TRaC can help you win the MoD contract
Many companies tendering for contracts have an insufficient understanding of the bid process. As a consequence, suppliers seeking to win contracts, often fail due to low score achievement with regards compliance and testing. There are numerous standards and specifications that must be taken into account if your tender is to achieve a high score.
TRaC can easily identify which range of standard tests exist which must be passed by equipment if it is to fulfil the requirements placed upon it. We will work with you to improve your chance of winning the tender and provide relevant documentation to help identify the cost effective route to compliance, and demonstrate test standards and limits.
Technical file Documentation - TRaC provides accurate test procedures, plans and test reports that ensure your tests are correctly performed and documented. Our Test reports are recognised worldwide, our test reports clearly define the results through the use of text, photos, diagrams and data.
Consultancy - TRaC can provide direct technical support to assist in developing your product to meet regulatory specifications. Early consultation with TRaC will ensure you have accurate cost and timing estimates. At this stage we can help you plan the most cost-effective and timely test programme for your product. Planning for conformance testing will not only help you reduce the overall cost and testing time.
We can easily identify which range of tests exists that must be passed by your equipment if it is to fulfil the requirements placed upon it.
Military test facilities
- Large semi anechoic chamber 18mx14mx6m which can accommodate 70 ton axle weight vehicles.
- Smaller chambers for Land Rover Sized vehicles.
- Stirred Mode Chamber for high field RF
- Screened rooms for conducted, transient and surge testing.
- Automated indoor and outdoor Open Area Test Sites
- High power RF Amplifiers
- Mobile Site Test Teams
- Temperature controlled chambers
- Dust ingress cabinets
- Water ingress protection rigs and wet areas
- ATEX explosion area
- Mobile Site Teams
Radio / Wireless Testing
- Modulation Analysers
- Communications Analysers
- Emission measurements to
- 40 GHz
- Temperature controlled chambers
- Infrastructure simulators
- Semi anechoic chambers
- Open Area Test Site
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