2022 Programme

We are still confirming our expert speaker line-up for this year's programme, so keep checking back for programme updates!

08:30 - 09:15

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:30

Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:00

Future Challenges of Aero Engine Testing - Testing Capabilities for Sustainable Aviation

Adam Harris, Global Head of Test Facilities Engineering, Rolls-Royce

10:00 - 10:30

Hydrogen and zero emissions: the structural test challenges

Pete Smith, Head of Structural Test & Laboratories (IACMT), Airbus

Linden Harris, Structures test expert, Airbus

Airbus has stated intent to fly a flight test demonstrator in 2026. This will support entry into service of a hydrogen fuelled product in 2035. The session will highlight what challenges are to be overcome in the test world and progress made to date, with specific focus on the cryogenic testing challenges to support flight and certification of hydrogen fuelled aircraft.

10:30 - 11:00

Morning Networking Break

11:00 - 11:30

Future of MRO: Hangar and UAV inspections for automated damage assessment

Prof Nico Avdelidis, Head of the IVHM Centre, Cranfield University

Delivering insights into the use of advanced - UAV NDT inspection systems, the use of AI and ML for damage assessment and decision making, digital MRO and improving operational efficiency by eliminating unplanned maintenance and reduced time in hangar.

11:30 - 12:00

Advanced materials testing

Frédéric Laurin, Research Scientist, ONERA

Florent Mathieu, CEO, Eikosim

More complex material models, especially for composites, create a need for more sophisticated testing and post-processing (identification) techniques. In the case of anisotropic damage models, some of them need tens of parameters to be identified in order for the numerical model to be credible, and engineers have to rely on in-house development of adapted specimens since test standards don't cover them. The use of more recent testing techniques (optical fibers, DIC, acoustic emission) is also often mandatory to pull more information from these tests than traditional instrumentation. Moreover, test and simulation engineers have to work hand-in-hand to make sure the model can be validated. Learn more about recent advances in experiment design, acquisition techniques (notably DIC), and test/simulation data management for material model identification.

12:00 - 12:30

Supersonic/hypersonic

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Track 1: Measuring Performance, Durability, and Faults for eVTOL and Electric Aircraft

Mitch Marks, Business Development – Electrification, Hottinger Bruel & Kjaer Inc.

Unlike traditional aviation fuels there are many new considerations when handling, storing and transferring Hydrogen for both fuel cell charging or direct H2 combustions. This session will discuss the new challenges, where they are seen in similar industries and our approach to develop a scalable control and monitoring solution.

Track 2: Challenges of integrated measurement systems for large scale testing

Paul Richardson, Expert in Metrology, Airbus

Eszter Szigeti, Expert in Advanced Data Capture and Correlation, Airbus

One of the biggest challenges in the context of Large Scale Testing is the difference in scales and granularity of the measurements required. The results are typically used for the validation of finite element modelling and this can appear at different scales. The physical logistics of a large scale test rig can also present challenges of access to physically install measurement devices, and block lines of sight for optical measurement techniques. Furthermore the measurement of different parameters also require different metrology technologies to be used and these are typically stand-alone measurement systems and not all linked together into one central system. The final challenge is to integrate the end-to-end process in this single data platform, from definition of the measurement requirements through to post-processing and comparison of the data.

14:00 - 14:30

Track 1: Overcoming the challenges in the transition to electric aircraft

Mark Amor-Segan, Chief Engineer, Energy Innovation Centre, WMG, The University of Warwick

Most battery technology has been developed for the automotive industry and the test standards used to-date are not really fit for purpose, especially given that aerospace standards are still evolving. Predicting how lithium-ion batteries will age and degrade is very difficult and currently not well understood, and even worse, lithium-ion batteries fail in ways which are difficult to predict and model and present new hazards which need to be understood in far greater detail. Can these challenges be overcome within a reasonable time scale and budget?

Track 2: Model-based testing to safely test embedded electronics

Javier Gutierrez, Principal Business Development Manager, National Instruments

How test workflows intersect with model based systems engineering (MBSE) development processes. An introduction to the trend of MBSE adoption by the aerospace industry, highlighting how test can interface with this workflow to develop highly optimized design patterns. This allows teams to develop test capability concurrently with the product, and effectively handle design changes throughout the development process.

14:30 - 15:00

Track 1: Flexible Testing of an Electric Aircraft: tools and methods used to construct a flexible testing platform

Christopher Hyde, System Architect, Aliaro

Track 2: Use of simulation to minimize aircraft level testing and mitigate risk

John Allan, Manager Systems & Liaison Engineering, Bombardier Flight Test

Case study of Bombardier’s use of various simulation tools and test rigs (SITS, ESIM etc.) to minimize the scope of aircraft level testing. This will outline the overall benefits of this approach including cost reduction, early discovery of issues, reduction in both program and flight safety risk and overall test program optimization.

15:00 - 15:30

Track 1: Control and monitoring of cryogenic and gaseous hydrogen for use in aerospace fuel systems

Ben Richardson, Commercial Director, Filton Systems Engineering

Nathan Nims, Business Manager, Digitalisation for Aerospace and Defence, National Instruments

Unlike traditional aviation fuels there are many new considerations when handling, storing and transferring Hydrogen for both fuel cell charging or direct H2 combustions. This session will discuss the new challenges, where they are seen in similar industries and our approach to develop a scalable control and monitoring solution.

Track 2: Integrating test with product definition and lifecycle data.

Neil Loftus, Test Designer, Airbus

Tony Goff, Senior Solution Consultant, Dassault Systemes

The session will describe and demonstrate a web-based data driven platform which integrates all forms of test data with the product definition data. The Dassault systemes 3DX platform has been developed under the Smarter testing programme provides a single point of access to all test data, both physical and virtual. It enables digital continuity by linking test data with product 3D design, stress tools and manufacturing data and also enables collaboration between customers and test engineers.

15:30 - 16:00

Track 1: The Challenges of Hydrogen Deployment Infrastructures

Mark Eldridge, Market Director for Renewables, Element

Track 2: TBC

16:00 - 16:30

Afternoon Networking Break

16:30 - 17:15

Panel Discussion - Validation and measurement of sustainable aircraft developments

17:15 - 17:20

Closing Remarks

17:20 - 18:30

Drinks Reception

08:30 - 09:15

Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:30

Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:00

Track 1:

Track 2: Aircraft Ground Vibration (GVT) Test Set-up

Carmine Salzano, International Manager, Aerospace & Defense and Test Sector, PCB

The Ground Vibration Testing (GVT) of the aircraft while it is on the ground is critical not only for the comfort of the pilot and passengers but also for the safety and structural integrity of the aircraft. Large scale modal test on full aircraft or rotorcraft helps to identify natural frequencies, damping, and mode shapes. The test data is used to adjust and validate dynamic FEA models used for flutter prediction, and once verified and updated this model can be used to understand the influence of configuration changes and modifications on the flutter flight envelope and other aerodynamic load related problems. Today’s presentation will go through many of the practical testing aspects of GVT.”

10:00 - 10:30

Track 1: TBC

Track 2: Wind tunnel testing

Guillaume Catry, Windshape

10:30 - 11:00

Morning Networking Break

11:00 - 11:30

Track 1: Rapid EF Enablers: less lead and cycling time, no down time

Sandro Di Natale, Product and Application Manager Test & Measurement, Hottinger Bruel & Kjaer Inc.

In the context of PDP 5 years (Product Development Plan), the time from project start to certification of an aircraft shall be reduced from 8 to 5 years. Therefore, a significant acceleration of the full-scale fatigue test (EF, essais fatigue) is crucial. The goal is a Rapid EF performing the first life of an aircraft with minimized lead time, increased testing speed and no down time. This includes novel measurement technology and digital methods as well as AI algorithms: virtual sensors, automated monitoring during testing, early identification of damage and handling bid data amounts. Learn how a team of HBK, gom, Airbus, and others transform the aspiration into reality.

Track 2: Computed Tomography (CT) Panel

11:30 - 12:00

Track 1: Tip to tail testing of an urban air mobility airframe

Frank Heidemann, CEO, SET GmbH

Whilst there are a number of new UAM craft being developed test challenges are fairly common across these platforms. Test needs to be agile and adapt to changing requirements as the design and supply chain is being defined during the development of the platform. As many of the OEMs are emergent companies, cost sensitivity is high, meaning that capital assets have to be far more versatile to ensure value for money across the whole product lifecycle. In this session SET will discuss how test challenges can be overcome to ensure that test assets can be effectively leveraged and matured across the development cycle to maximize utilisation and value for money.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Track 2: The NDT Operator of 2050!

Kevin Pickup, MInstNDT

Since the inception of the governing standards that define the training and qualification of NDT personnel, technology has significantly moved on. As we move into the 4th industrial revolution and beyond what will the NDT inspector of the future look like? How will the evolution of technology affect the way we train our NDT operators? Are the current levels of qualification adequate? Will automation result in skill loss? So let’s take a brief look into what a future ‘NDT inspector’ may look like in the depths of the I4.0 world and what we should be thinking about now to enable effective product assessment to meet the demands of the industry we support.

12:00 - 12:30

Track 1: Testing for certification vs. testing for development

Stuart Driver, Chief Environmental Test Engineer, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company

Track 2: Advanced crack detection techniques

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Track 1: The path towards zero-emission aviation: retrofit for hydrogen-electric powertrains

Gabriele Teofili, Head of Aircraft Integration and Testing, ZeroAvia

As hydrogen-electric solutions emerge as a frontrunner in the race to bring about zero-emission commercial aviation, ZeroAvia is at the forefront of securing deals for both retrofit and line-fit into existing airframe designs. This is a complex process and requires innovative thinking in order to adapt and fit novel powertrains into conventional airframes in certifiable configurations. Gabriele Teofili, Head of Aircraft Integration and Testing at ZeroAvia, will explore this topic and discuss how ZeroAvia, the leading developer of hydrogen-electric powertrains for commercial-size aircraft, is tackling this challenge. Gabriele will detail ZeroAvia’s rollout plans for the commercial launch of its ZA600 engine in 2024, which will service aircraft up to 19 seats, and how they are working with airframe manufacturers and OEMs to ensure aircraft are appropriately retrofitted to integrate the powertrain once certified. In addition, Gabriele will also explain how the company plans to scale its engine to larger aircraft, what that process will look like for retrofitting aircraft with up to 80 seats, and how future aircraft will need to be built in order to account for larger zero-emission engines. Finally, Gabrielle will overview ZeroAvia’s various partnerships with aviation industry leaders, including Otto, De Havilland Canada and MHIRJ, as it is through collaborative efforts that help make the transition to carbon-free flight seamless by developing comprehensive testing processes and engineering programs to incorporate hydrogen-electric engines into their operations.

Track 2: Outfitting a major Flight Test Vehicle

Patrice Collin eng., M. eng, Technical Expert, Bombardier Aerospace Experimental

Case study of Bombardier’s approach to incorporate all necessary experimental installations in major flight test vehicles. From conceptual design to handover to the Bombardier Flight Test Center, this will outline the important considerations, among which crew safety, data quality, test efficiency and refurbishment, that are accounted for during the development of the flight test vehicles and their impacts on the design.

14:00 - 14:30

Track 1: Engine test technologies to meet modern challenges

Steve Summers, Security Lead and Chief Offering Manager, National Instruments

Gethyn Longworth, Technical Specialist for Experimental Systems, Rolls Royce

Engineers across aerospace and defence are transforming propulsion technologies to reduce emissions, optimize performance, and reach new heights. NI and Rolls Royce will share emergent jet turbine engine test challenges and share how we are working together to overcome these challenges. Topics will include large system test architectures, hardware abstraction layers, iDDS, facility monitoring.

Track 2: Evolution in aircraft design, modification and testing

Malcolm Tier, Chief Engineer, Test & Evaluation Capability (TEC) IDT, QinetiQ

Simon Barnes, Combat Air IDT Chief Engineer, QinetiQ

The presentation will focus on QinetiQ’s continued approach to Test & Evaluation and the digital journey the industry is on to ensure safe, assured and innovative flight capability. QinetiQ is developing new digital systems and airborne test platforms which will accelerate the flight testing and evaluation of new and modified aircraft designs. Until recently, the only way to test a new or modified aircraft design to see how it would perform – before it was built to achieve regulatory approval – was to test models in a wind tunnel and to fly a prototype or experimental aircraft (specially built just for testing). With the development of new digital technology much of this T&E work can be done virtually or by using an airborne technology demonstrator (ATD). The ATD has been purpose built to simplify the route of getting technology under development into the airborne environment.

14:30 - 15:00

Track 1: Test Stand Digital Twin Technology

Track 2: AAM and component/operation testing and development

15:00 - 15:30

Track 1

Track 2: Fiber optic sensing

Ghislain Guerrero, Innovation Lab Leader, Safran Data Systems

The challenges of miniaturisation, ruggedisation and integration to enhance flight test instrumentation capabilities

15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break

16:00 - 16:30

Plenary Panel: Integrating testing into the whole product lifecycle

16:30 - 16:40

Closing Remarks