XL Aerospace Develops New Fuel Nozzle Test Stand

 - September 7, 2022, 10:28 AM
XL Aerospace's fuel nozzle test stand system includes a portable test stand, test fixtures, and training for regulatory approval. (Photo: XL Aerospace)

XL Aerospace has developed a portable fuel nozzle test stand (FNTS) that it said will offer MROs a faster, easier, and more accurate way to test fuel nozzles. The FNTS’s configuration supports a range of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C/T, PW206, and PW207 turboshaft engines.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company’s offering includes a portable test stand, test fixtures, and training for regulatory approval. The movable system requires standard electrical and shop air connections for operation but no water for system cooling. Other features include in-situ mass flow calibration, built-in specific gravity test function, quick disconnect fixtures for more timely interchange of fuel nozzles, and incorporation of a digital protractor for accuracy of spray and skew angles.

XL Aero president Tim Blaskovich explained that the FNTS launch customer reported a user-friendly setup and operation and that “it increased productivity and throughput to the point whereby [the customer] was able to recover the total FNTS purchase cost in less than one year of shop deployment.”