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Ribbon-cutting marks first milestone for new mission-critical capability at AEDC's large military engine
From left to right, Dr. Saeed Zadeh, AEDC Test Systems Sustainment Division’s chief of acquisitions; Kirk Rutland, technical director of the Test Systems Sustainment Division at AEDC; Britt Covington, AEDC executive director; Rosemary Matty, AEDC’s program manager for the Advanced Large Military Engine Capability program; Dan Flanigan, ATA project manager; Col. Patrick Tom, AEDC Test Division director; and Lt. Col. Brent Peavy, AEDC’s Turbine Engine Ground Test Complex director, take part in a ribbon-cutting event marking the completion of the ASTF C1/C2 Temperature-controlled Cell Cooling project. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)
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Ribbon-cutting marks first milestone for new mission-critical capability at AEDC's large military engine test facility

Posted 11/30/2012   Updated 1/10/2013 Email story   Print story


by Philip Lorenz III

11/30/2012 - ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- On Nov. 19, Rosemary Matty led a ribbon-cutting celebrating the success of a $3.6 million investment project to modernize and expand the capabilities of the nation's largest military aircraft engine ground test facility, located at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

"This is the first of the Advanced Large Military Engine Capability (ALMEC) program projects to be completed," Matty, AEDC's program manager for ALMEC, said. "The success of this project required many organizations across the base to pull together as a team."

Britt Covington, AEDC executive director, agreed with Matty's characterization of the collaborative nature of the project.

"Congratulations to the team - the team obviously goes beyond just the folks who got the plaque here today - I mean all 120 people who are involved in this project," he said. "This is the first of nine projects, related to improving and modernizing this facility in ASTF and the test cells that it supports. I applaud each of you for your contribution to this effort, which at $3.6 million dollars, is a pretty big project. But at the end of the day, in 10 years, we'll get that $3.6 million dollars back - it'll save money."

Matty said to fully appreciate this milestone it helps to understand the scope of the whole program.

"[Ultimately] ALMEC will improve and modernize key Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF) mechanical and electrical controls, facility monitoring systems, process air distribution and exhaust inter-cooling systems," she said. "This ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the first leg of a multi-year Test Investment Planning and Programming (TIPP) effort that began in fiscal year 2011 with a planned completion date set for fiscal year 2017.

"The C1/C2 Temperature-controlled Cell Cooling project is the first effort to be completed under ALMEC and it adds critical test cell cooling capability to the large turbine engine altitude test cells during near sea level testing (NSLT) conditions."

According to ATA design engineer Phillip Krepp, the new C1 and C2 cell cooling system was based on successful design of AEDC's existing J1 and J2 test cell cooling system.

He said their team realized that retrofitting the C1 and C2 cell cooling system based on the J test cells' cooling system resulted in lower operating costs and satisfied capability requirements for a broader range of simulated flight conditions without sacrificing data quality.

"C1 and C2 test cells require cell cooling to protect instrumentation while conducting engine tests," he said. "The previous cell cooling system used either atmospheric in-bleed or the same air supply being provided to the test engine. This doesn't allow the customer the ability to set cell cooling temperatures.

"AEDC now has the capability to set true NSLT conditions in engine test cells C1 and C2 without running additional expensive exhauster equipment, resulting in reduced operating costs and increased plant efficiencies."

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