First WESTT WT Wind Tunnel inaugurated on 14 September on ESTACA’s campus.
The first WESTT WT Wind Tunnel designed by Price Induction was inaugurated on 14 September on ESTACA’s Paris-Saclay à Saint Quentin en Yvelines campus. This tailor-made subsonic Wind Tunnel is composed of a 60 cm square, 1.5 m long, test section and provides a maximum air speed of 35 m/s. It will be dedicated to both ESTACA’s Engineering and Research departments for Aerodynamics practical courses and experiments about, amongst others, nanoparticules dispersion.
ESTACA’s teachers were then trained on the characteristics and maintenance of the Wind Tunnel.
We are very thankful to ESTACA engineering school for its confidence and are excited to start a long-term partnership with the academy!
Price Induction was very happy to exhibit in the Paris Le Bourget Air Show 2017 from the 19 to 23 June. It was once again a great opportunity for the team to meet many industry R&T leaders, academics and experts, and exchange about turbomachine related innovations and future projects.
Price Induction’s multi-presence in the show
Three different WESTT solutions were exhibited at the show:
The WESTT CS/BV Virtual Engine Test Bench on PI booth;
The WESTT BV66 interactive learning station on PI partner Defense Conseil International’s booth;
The WESTT SE-HP assembly and disassembly DGEN High Pressure’s spool test bench on PI partner Aerocampus Aquitaine booth.
Thanks to our R&T SAFRAN partner, visitors could also discover a freshly kick-started project about the DGEN 380 HP core engine hybridization.
Moreover, Price Induction had the pleasure to promote the Flying Whales’ LCA60T program airship for which our design office has developed a POC of electric propulsive system.
Flying wales electric propulsive system
Key meetings on Price Induction booth
Price induction had the pleasure to welcome both academic and industrial partners on its booth throughout the week.
Propulsion R&T representatives from major aerospace groups such as SAFRAN, AIRBUS, DASSAULT or Technical Research Institutes stepped by to exchange about current and future potential projects with them.
A special meeting gathered three academic partners on 22 June. InHolland Hogeschool, ENAC and Polyaéro met together and exchanged about the WESTT solutions and their experience using it.
Signature of a partnership between Price Induction and Defense Conseil International (DCI)
DCI, the reference operator of the Ministry of the Armed Forces for the international transfer of the French military know-how to France friendly countries armed forces, and Price Induction signed an industrial and commercial partnership focused on MRO (EASA/Part 66 and DSAé/FRA 66) initial training.
Price Induction’s team will welcome you
on booth B94, Hall 2B
Visit us and discover:
– Our expertise as an engine manufacturer to support innovative projects around propulsion, from design and engineering to instrumentation and testing.
– A wide range of test bench solutions dedicated to Aerospace Research and Education.
Curious about engine architecture & simulation ?
Take the opportunity to try some of our WESTT solutions,
– Westt CS/BV virtual engine test bench on our booth
– Westt BV66 interactive learning station with new helicopter 12.1 content
– Westt SE-HP assembly / disassembly hi pressure line station
Price Induction and NASA Glenn Research Center Collaboration is Celebrated with the First Engine Run
NASA Researchers will benefit from the DART Project (DGEN380Aero-propulsion ResearchTurbofan) for years to come.
Price Induction, the developer of the DGEN 380 turbofan, is proud to announce the conclusion of a WESTT BR platform installation at the NASA Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory at the Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland Ohio USA.
The installation is the result of an 18 month project that was initiated in 2014 when the use of the DGEN 380 engine as an acoustic research tool was validated by NASA after testing in GRC’s anechoic chamber.
The Price Induction and NASA teams collaborated closely to adapt the DGEN380 engine and its associated testing platform to NASA’s specific needs. Two of the most challenging aspects of the project were the design of a fully mobile system and significant modifications of the engine’s internal architecture while keeping all operational and safety aspects unaltered.
In April of this year, a group of NASA engineers attended five days of intense training conducted by Price Induction engineers from France. As shown on the pictures below, the official first engine cycles were run by Dr. Daniel Sutliff, lead researcher and DART project manager during an internal inauguration.
NASA is one of a few client benefitting from the real DGEN 380 engine test bench (WESTT BR) and the virtual engine test bench (WESTT CS/BV) both provided by Price Induction. NASA and Price Induction have committed to develop their collaboration around propulsion research in the long-term.
Price Induction would like to take this opportunity to thank NASA for its confidence during this challenging project.
ELISA Aerospace (ISAE Group), the French Aerospace engineering school located in Saint-Quentin, France, has become the 39th WESTT CS/BV partner!
Eight teachers just received a training session to master the operations of the virtual test bench and understand how this educational solution can be leveraged as a new way for control, aerodynamics and thermodynamics teaching.
Within the 5-year mandatory program, the WESTT CS/BV will be used to illustrate propulsion theory in the first two years and turbofan design in the last 3 years.
See you this summer at the Paris Le Bourget Air Show on booth B94, Hall 2B, to speak with the WESTT community!
TRANSFRON3D: Project funded by European Regional Development Fund (FEDER)
TRANSFRON3D project is led by POCTEFA/FEDER. The main objective of the project is getting different entities such as technological centers, universities, large companies and SMEs on both sides of the French/Spanish border, to work together to manufacture high added value mechanical parts thanks to additive manufacturing.
These additive manufacturing technologies are in the early stages of development and need a multidisciplinary know-how (in materials, simulation, manufacturing processes, characterization etc.). This knowledge is today scattered in various programs.
Project members :
TECNALIA (project leader)
This approach represents radical changes in works methods and manufacturing technologies. It offers many advantages as drastic reduction of raw materials used, design flexibility and delivery times reduction.
After the WESTT CS/BV virtual engine test bench, DCI (Défense Conseil International) just acquired the WESTT BV 66 interactive station, the new WESTT test bench from Price Induction.
The installation and training took place on 25 and 27 January 2017 in the Rochefort Air Force base 721. A team of four instructors from French Defense Aeronautical Institute (FDAI) – a DCI / Dassault Aviation top-class joint center – participated in the training led by Price Induction.
On one hand, instructors will benefit from the innovative and dynamic content of the bench specifically designed for Part 66 initial training. On the other hand, DCI trainees will autonomously be able to go into a large panel of topics in depth, from flight mechanics to propulsion. Thanks to the integrated FADEC, the students will have the opportunity to conduct some real-time simulations of a modern turbofan engine, the DGEN 380, which should ease understanding of complex propulsion notions. Technician students from the Middle-East Air Forces will be the first classes to benefit from this innovative station.
Beyond this acquisition, DCI and Price Induction have already launched a collaboration of co-development of additional BV66 content in order to continuously improve aeronautical training offers.
The University of Kansas joins our WESTT Community!
The University of Kansas joins our WESTT Community!
On February 10th, Price Induction installed the WESTT CS/BV virtual engine test bench at The University of Kansas’ Aerospace Engineering department (KUAE). This turbofan simulator will strengthen the propulsion educational material of the University. The main modules, thermodynamics and mechanical exploration of the DGEN 380 will serve as central teaching material to assist professors during lectures. It will also provide students with tangible learning tools and hands-on engineering interaction.
The University of Kansas is renowned as a leading aircraft and engine design institution, winning numerous AIAA and international design competitions.
According to KUAE’s 2016-17 enrollment rates, students are increasingly taking an interest in aerospace engineering. This sudden peak in interest is largely attributed to the aircraft industry’s highly visible presence in Kansas. As student enrollment increases, the department experiences a rapid expansion of their faculty involvement, teaching resources and research space.
WESTT CS/BV @ Kansas University
“The sophistication of this system and its versatility is highly suitable for our department, where a strong Academic Program in engineering meets a strong Aviation Program. Indeed, both sides of the house could use this impressive virtual engine test bench” states Aerospace Engineering Professor, Saeed Farokhi, PhD.
Farokhi first expressed an interest in the WESTT CS/BV test bench when he encountered Price Induction’s booth at the IGTI Conference in San Antonio. Alongside Sharp Professor and Associate Chair, Ray Taghavi, he’s worked on gathering the necessary funds to acquire the simulation test bench. Farokhi and Taghavi are now fully trained and ready to implement this educational solution in the classroom.
The WESTT CS/BV test bench is currently used by over 40 academic clients all over the world for Thermodynamic, Aerodynamic, Control Systems or Engine performance and Failure management applications.
WESTT BV 66 interactive learning station in Aviation Competence Centre (ACC)
On Thursday 16th of February,
Price Induction installed a WESTT BV 66 interactive learning station in Aviation Competence Centre (ACC), a key European player in Part 147 initial training located on Maastricht airport, Netherlands. The BV 66 solution will be leveraged for aircraft aerodynamics and propulsion training. In particular, students will benefit from live hardware-in-the-loop simulation of the DGEN 380 turbofan engine thanks to the original FADEC installed on the bench. ACC’s instructors were trained on Friday and first simulations were run successfully!
ACC and PI have already some collaboration plans in the coming months to develop further BV 66 functionalities and modules.
On Saturday, Price Induction was invited to participate in ACC’s Open Day. This annual event is a great opportunity for high school students, their parents and families to discover ACC’s facilities, volunteer students from ACC to do some demonstrations on the aircrafts, instructors to explain ACC training program and career opportunities in MRO; and, industry partners to show off their capabilities. In short, lots of fruitful interactions with all this passionate community as shown on the pictures below!
Price Induction warmly thanks ACC’s management and instructors for their trust in this new WESTT solution!
Open Day Demos
Open Day demos on the WESTT BV 66 station by newly trained instructor Harry!
Open Day: a great opportunity to discover ACC’s aero equipment