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

Opening Keynote

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

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: 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.

16:00 - 16:30

Afternoon Networking Break

16:30 - 17:15

Reducing the carbon footprint of civil aviation

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: AAM and component/operation testing and development

Nuair, Nuair

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 How can we develop a strategic test partnership to help navigate test challenges and ensure test assets can be effectively leveraged across multiple systems and matured across the development cycle to maximize utilisation and value for money?

Track 2: Air Defence Systems

10:00 - 10:30

Track 1: 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.

Track 2: Testing for missiles, telemetry

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: Remote testing capabilities

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: Testing in extremes of temperature and pressure

Track 2: Wind tunnel testing

Guillaume Catry, Windshape

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: 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.

14:30 - 15:00

Track 1: Test Stand Digital Twin Technology

Tracke 2: Ground Testing

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Networking Break

15:30 - 16:15

Plenary Panel: Integrating testing into the whole product lifecycle

16:15 - 16:30

Closing Remarks