FARNBOROUGH, REGNO UNITO--(Marketwire - 19 luglio 2010) - Bombardier Aerospace (Belfast) ha completato la prova di carico finale sull'ala composita utilizzata per le dimostrazioni relative agli aeromobili CSeries, replicando con successo il 150% delle sollecitazioni più intense a cui l'ala potrebbe trovarsi esposta in servizio.
Lo stabilimento di Belfast è responsabile della progettazione, costruzione e integrazione dell'ala completa per gli aerei CSeries, comprese tutte le superfici di controllo del volo e i sistemi di ipersostentamento. Un elemento chiave è costituito dalla scatola di torsione composita, prodotta con l'ausilio dell'innovativa tecnologia composita "Resin Transfer Infusion" messa a punto a Belfast. Nell'ambito del complesso programma di ricerca e sviluppo è stata assemblata un'ala a grandezza naturale, con apertura tre quarti, da utilizzare per le dimostrazioni nella fase di preproduzione, ch e è stata sottoposta a una serie di prove rigorose.
Loads were progressively increased on the demonstrator wing in order to simulate aerodynamic, landing gear and engine pylon forces, until ultimate loading was successfully achieved.
"We are now assessing the data from the thousands of strain gauges, and are delighted with the results we've obtained so far," said Michael Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast. "The data will help us to optimize the final production design for weight and performance. This successful demonstrator test confirms that our Resin Transfer Infusion process is an excellent means by which to manufacture the large primary structural elements of the composite wing torque box for the CSeries aircraft."
Having successfully achieved ultimate loading, Bombardier engineers are continuing to carry out further tests on the demonstrator wing to assess the wing's capability of sustaining various types and lev els of damage. This will also allow them to ensure that repair systems are proven before the aircraft enter into service.
"We want to take every opportunity to learn as much as we possibly can before we finalize the wing design and start production. We are focusing on and testing various areas so we can be absolutely confident in the structure and its maintainability. This is another means by which we are building confidence amongst our customers and potential customers," Mr. Ryan added.
In addition to the assembly and testing of the demonstrator wing, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast has carried out over 4,000 individual material, structural detail and sub-component development tests to prove out the design, manufacturing and assembly technologies being employed.
Production of the CSeries aircraft wings is due to get under way early in 2011 in a new 600,000 sq ft (55,742 m2) purpose-built factory in Belfast, the first phase of which is nearing completion.< BR>
Since launching the CSeries family of aircraft at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 90 CSeries aircraft, comprising a firm order from Republic Airways for 40 CS300 aircraft, a firm order from Deutsche Lufthansa AG for 30 CS100 aircraft, and one from Lease Corporation International Group for 17 CS300 and three CS100 aircraft. The programme has also booked options for an additional 90 CSeries aircraft. The CSeries aircraft, which is optimized for the single-aisle 100- to 149-seat market, will deliver the lowest operating costs in its class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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Note to Editors:
Photos of the CSeries aircraft composite demonstrator wing are available in the press releases section at: www.aero.bombardier.com
Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast Helen Gregory 0044-(0)-28-9073-3515
Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast Maria Ryan 0044-(0)-28-9073-3515
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