MDS Operating Most Advanced Turbine Engine Testing Facility in the World

Posted on January 13, 2011

Ottawa, January 12, 2011 – MDS, through its subsidiary, MDS AeroTest, is operating and maintaining the largest and most advanced cold weather test and research facility for gas turbines in the world.

The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) in Thompson, Manitoba was also designed and built by MDS.  It is a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, two of the world’s largest aerospace engine manufacturers.

GLACIER provides the world’s aerospace industry with rugged, true-to-life and rigorous testing in adverse environmental conditions, with measurement and capacity for today’s gas turbine engines and those of the future.

The newly opened state-of-the-art GLACIER facility is designed to test the complete range of existing and future aircraft gas turbines.

The centre also houses facilities for indoor preparation of engine packages, full engine measurement and control.  GLACIER’s data acquisition system – MDS’ market leading proDAS – can measure over 2,000 separate parameters at varying frequencies from steady state to dynamic characteristics.

In addition to its commercial programs, GLACIER will attract best-in-class students and researchers the world over through strategic partnerships with industry, universities, colleges and post-education schools.

For more than 25 years MDS has been a world leading supplier of turnkey test facilities and test systems for the aviation, industrial, and marine gas turbine engine community.  The company sustains an unwavering commitment to provide its clients with superior products and services.  MDS products and services range from comprehensive turnkey facilities to long term maintenance and operational support.

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“MDS is proud to be an active partner in the development and operation of this exceptional facility and of its partnership with Glacier…”

Kevin Fitzgerald, P.Eng., MDS President and CEO

Quick Facts:

  • MDS is partnering in GLACIER, the world’s most advanced turbine testing and research facility.
  • The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research in Thompson, Manitoba was also designed and built by MDS.

For More Information:

Contact:  marketing@mdsaero.com