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Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity

Element Materials Technology : 08 November, 2014  (Company News)
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
CMCs, which are capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1650C and deliver unprecedented performance gains within aero engines, have been hailed as the future of the aerospace industry. The material is being utilised within the CFM International LEAP high-bypass turbofan engine, currently being developed in a joint venture between GE and Snecma, intended for use by 2017 in the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 MAX and China’s COMAC C919 aircraft.
 
"Testing a material with such unique properties has meant the invention of entirely new methodologies and equipment, so expanding capacity is not simply a matter of buying 'off-the-shelf' equipment," says Rick Sluiters, Element’s Executive Vice President, Aerospace. “Element recognised the potential of CMCs to transform the industry at an early stage of their development and has invested significantly to develop a market-leading testing capability. This significant investment will allow us to remain at the forefront of the market and, such is the level of interest, we are already allocating equipment for specific tests ahead of installation.”
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