Jet Engine Test Facilities
From Completely New Test Cells to Refurbishments,
EXPERIENCE YOU CAN COUNT ON
With a commitment to quality unrivaled in our industry, Swanda ensures that your facilities and equipment are prepared to handle the stringent demands of your fleet. Whether the mission is commercial travel, logistics, or air-to-air combat, Swanda has the experience your aviators and maintainers can count on.
Swanda manufactures, constructs, installs, maintains, and can always provide a solution to your testing fleet’s needs. Our products are 100% fabricated and constructed at our headquarters in Oklahoma City. Overseen by master craftsmen and certified weld inspectors, we stand behind our products for life.
Swanda Brothers, Inc. is proud to have been involved in the construction and fabrication of aviation test facilities dating back to the 1950s and has expanded operations since. We are honored to have been the first company in the United States to fabricate the acoustical portion of an aviation test facility.
Some of our more recent accomplishments include taking part in the redesign of the Navy’s afterburning jet engine test cells. This redesign was instrumental in delivering better acoustical values, heat resistance, and providing 20 plus years of additional service life, all at a much lower cost.
Swanda also has helped with the remodel of the aircraft acoustical enclosure at Patuxent River, MD to accommodate the testing of the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This facility was updated to accommodate the higher wind velocity, heat, and trust of one of the most powerful after-burning engines.
In recent years much of the aviation test facility work has been centered on afterburning engines, but our team is capable of providing any type of aviation facility from 8 meters to 14 meters in size. With our teaming partners, we are able to provide the most current technologies that are out there.
Swanda’s facilities ensure timely project completion without excessive or speculative reliance on outside contractors
TEST CELL EQUIPMENT
Swanda has a long list of contracts successfully completed for the U.S. Government as the main fabricator, supplying all the structural steel for the test cell construction, acoustical components (or noise suppression), and field service and installation.
Swanda has its own extensive in-house shop facilities to accommodate large-scale construction and factory demonstrations. Our facilities are heavily equipped and include state-of-the-art computerized fabrication equipment. In addition, our in-house transportation capability enables the prompt delivery of project components and supplies to the job site and our financial capability and bulk purchasing power ensures the timely availability and value-pricing of materials, including specialized products.
Our expertise guarantees successful handling of multiple projects in:
- Designing and fabricating turnkey facilities,
- Inspecting, repairing, and refurbishing existing test cells,
- Disassembling, relocating, reassembling, installing, and maintaining existing test cells.
POSSIBLE COMPONENT REQUIREMENTS FOR AVIATION TEST FACILITY:
- Control room with state-of-the-art data acquisition program
- Test chamber
- Monorail system
- Engine test stands
- Augmenter, including a soft tube capable of withstanding the extreme heat without the need for a water-cooling system
- Turning vanes
- Blast deflector
- Flow screens
- Acoustical doors
- Fuel system
- Preservation oil system
- Air start system
- Fire suppressant
- Splitter baffles
- State-of-the-art acoustical pillow
- Intake and exhaust system
TEST CELL SERVICES
- On-site consultations
- Equipment erection with field construction management and installation crews
- Preventative maintenance inspectors and field repairs
- Certified inspectors and Quality Control