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Blowing Sand and Dust Environmental Simulator Advances State-of-the-Art for the U.S. Military
Date: Mar 18, 2014
Source: Thomas Net ( click here to go to the source)

Featured firm in this article: Air Dynamics Industrial Systems Corporation of York, PA

YORK, Pennsylvania USA -- Air Dynamics Industrial Systems Corporation proudly announces another U.S. military client will receive their Desert Wind ™ Blowing Sand and Dust Environmental Simulator. The system will be delivered to the United States Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division Patuxent River MD. The sand and dust chamber will be used during performance testing of Naval qualification, safety of flight, flight worthiness and evaluation programs including Naval aircraft/shipboard/ground electrical and mechanical components and systems.

The test chamber purchase was initially awarded to another firm under contract N68335-11-C-0226, by U.S. Navy's Lakehurst procurement in September of 2011. The firm was awarded the contract for low-price; however the firm failed to deliver any technically acceptable substance to the Navy. Subsequently, the U.S. Navy issued a "Sources Sought" Request for Information under solicitation number N68335-13-RFI-0163.

This RFI was pivotal in the Navy's ability to sole-source a Desert Wind system from Air Dynamics. After delivering numerous blowing sand and dust test chambers to the U.S. military, Air Dynamics Industrial Systems Corporation is becoming recognized in the test and evaluation community as the leader in delivering innovative and significant test condition improvements to MIL-STD-810G Method 510.5 Procedure I (Blowing Dust) and Procedure II (Blowing Sand) testing capability in a single, dual purpose chamber. Specifically designed to test the effects of desert conditions on various hardware, this capability provides precise, independent control of the four test parameters including data logging and data output that advances the state-of-the-art for the United States military.

The Desert Wind technology was recently granted a notice-of-allowance for a new patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The product was accepted by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as part of a contract for the U.S. Department of Defense and by Canada's Aerospace Technology Center. The Director of Innovation & Development at the Aerospace Technology Center, where a Desert Wind is currently being operated, Stephane Carpentier had this to say..."The Desert Wind is the best technology we have found for testing and calibration laboratories. We use it within the aerospace and military sectors to assist the creation of parts development and provide part of the certification needed."

Desert Wind can maintain temperatures as high as 200°F/93°C. With Allen-Bradley's PLC, the system maintains instantaneous control of temperature, wind velocity, particle concentration, and relative humidity. Operator controls and information are displayed on AB's Panel View color touch screen. Each parameter, including concentration (mass/time) delivers repeatable test results using NIST calibrated instrumentation. The chamber offers pre-programmed auto and manual operating modes as well as being thermally insulated for integration into any test and evaluation facility where MIL-STD-810, DO-160 or other blowing sand and dust testing standards may be required.