Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) today announced that the company has been awarded a contract to supply and install a new test stand capable of conducting experiments on a wide array of Army transmissions, gearboxes, and other powertrain systems. The contract calls for MAE to deliver a turn-key solution which includes interfacing with existing and/or new facility utilities. The test stand will be capable of testing the following powertrain configurations:
- Helicopter main transmission, single/dual inputs (1,000 HP each)
- Helicopter tailrotor drivetrain 1,000 HP class
- Helicopter tailrotor drivetrain 250 HP class
- Ground vehicle driveline 600 HP class
- Ground vehicle driveline 250 HP class
The test stand will be configured with five AC variable speed dyne motors, and configured in a common bus arrangement to allow the electrical power to be re-circulated within the system. This drive configuration offers significant power savings over the life of the test stand and provides a true next-generation “green” test stand.
The test stand includes a hydraulic blade simulation system to dynamically impart forces and moments to the helicopter main transmissions which will simulate the blade forces. This is a state of the art, 6 degrees of freedom design concept. In addition, the turnkey systems will be supplied with all fixturing, test article mounting systems, torque disc calibration systems, MAE’s TRANSdyne Control Software and a comprehensive data acquisition package.
“Mustang is extremely pleased to have been awarded this advanced and very versatile test stand,” said David Ganzhorn, V.P. Sales. “Our decades of experience with sophisticated transmission test stands, and our recent successes with similar advanced military test stands was key to winning this project and we look forward to starting work on this advanced system.”