Jet Engine Testing in Winnipeg
April 3, 2013
The GE Aviation Engine Testing, Research and Development Centre (TRDC), located on the grounds of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with the completion of updates that will allow the facility to accommodate year-round operations.
The 122,000 square foot facility was initially designed to handle jet engine cold weather and ice-testing, but the site has expanded to include all-weather development and test cycles for engines. The facility is owned by GE, but operated by StandardAero. In 2012, both companies were honored for their collaboration with the prestigious Canadian American Business Council (CABC) Achievement Award.
GE Aviation continues to invest in the TRDC facility and together with West Canitest R&D Inc, which received a contribution of $5 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) in January 2012, they are augmenting the TRDC testing capabilities to enable year-round utilization. Funding is being used to incorporate additional testing equipment, a concrete base to allow the wind tunnel to be moved to accommodate different types of testing, digital temperature-catching equipment, and turbulence control structures used to straighten the air coming into the engine for performance testing.
A rigorous test schedule is planned for the facility over the next few years, including CFM's LEAP engine, which will power the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 MAX and China's C919.
Here's a closer look at the facility. Photos courtesy of thebarabariangroup
For further details about the test facility, follow this link to the GE Reports article Some Like it Cold.