Barber-Nichols Completes Construction Of A New Assembly And Testing Laboratory

Barber-Nichols Assembly & Testing LaboratoryBarber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) recently completed construction and is currently moving into a new 370 m2 (4,000 ft2) state-of-the-art assembly and testing laboratory. The new facility bolsters BNI's ability to build and test high-performance rotating equipment.

The assembly area is supported by its own fully functional machine shop and balancing equipment. Performance validation and product life tests are performed in modular test bays which contain water, high-pressure air, natural gas, 110/480 Volt power, and network data ports. The modular system allows technicians to rapidly fabricate and monitor test loops.

Performance validation tests focus on the development of head/flow curves and turbine output and efficiency data. Product life tests can either simulate real-world operating conditions or severe accelerated-life regimes. Variable test parameters may include load, temperature, speed, and start/stop cycles. Tests can be run autonomously 24 hours a day and performance is monitored via data acquisition equipment. Acceptance criteria may include, but is not limited to, bearing and motor temperature, bearing and seal wear, and lubricant deterioration. Additionally, pneumatic & hydrostatic tests are used to confirm product integrity. BNI has the ability to pressurize products to 345 bar (5,000 psi). Finally, the facility has space available for the future construction of a Class 100 Cleanroom.

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