Engine Adapters

Adaptability, It’s in the Name MDS engine adapters for Aviation, Industrial, and Marine testing applications are designed to exacting standards to ensure performance and the safety of test personnel, the facility, and the engine. In addition to being designed to meet all operational requirements imposed by the engine manufacturers, the adapters are also designed to interface with new or existing thrust frames and handling systems and to accommodate the operational loads imposed during testing.

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Engine Support System As it is the main interface between the engine and the thrust frame, the primary function of the engine adapter is to support the engine under test.

MDS adapters also provide:

  • A pick-up point for the overhead hoist;
  • A mounting platform for test equipment such as fluid couplings and the electrical harness;
  • Support for the engine during rigging and de-rigging; and
  • Mounts for the cowl door lifting mechanism.
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Dynamic Abilities MDS engine test adapters are designed with special regard for engine dynamics. MDS adapter designs are fully modelled by Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and analyzed for strength and frequency response. Care is taken to ensure that adapter natural frequencies avoid the test schedule frequencies of the engine, and that its dynamic characteristics meet the requirements of the engine manufacturer.