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  • Shock test on APP mechanism property of Airbus Defence & Space enero 29, 2017

    During the second week of January 2017 the shock tests were carried out on the APP mechanism for Airbus Defence & Space.

    The tests were successfully performed using the pyroshock test bench developed by CTA, located on its premises in Miñano (Álava).

    The tests consisted of the application of three shocks on each of the three axes of the specimen with an SRS profile of 100-10,000 Hz and levels of more than 1000g.

  • CTA is recognised by the Basque Government for its participation in the ACTIMAT project junio 30, 2016

    CTA and the other participants in the ACTIMAT project received an award from the Regional Minister Arantxa Tapia in recognition of their research efforts during the presentation of the new Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network (RVCTi) in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

    The ACTIMAT project focuses on development of New Materials for the strategy of intelligent specialisation in Advanced Manufacturing. The project is headed by Gaiker and apart from CTA also involves participation by Tecnalia, Tekniker, Ikerlan, Cidetec, Ceit, three departments of the UPV/EHU, Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa, Autotech Engineering, Azterlan and BC Materiales.

  • CTA, TECNALIA and CATEC join forces to create TRISPACE – Space Technology Alliance abril 15, 2016

    CTA recently announced the creation of the TRISPACE space technology strategic alliance together with TECNALIA and CATEC at the facilities of the CDTI in Madrid.

    This initiative by these three centres with widely recognised technological resources and activities for the space industry aims to offer a more complete and attractive range of technological capabilities and services, enhance coordination of investment capabilities and stimulate technology transfer to other sectors with the aim of reinforcing the position and innovation potential of the space industry.

  • Testing begins for the components of the Embraer KC-390 enero 28, 2016

    CTA recently began the tests for certification of various components of the Embraer KC-390. These tests consisted of initial static testing, fatigue testing and a series of final static tests in different configurations.

    The specimens to be tested are the flap, the aileron and the rudder for the aircraft, all of which are being manufactured by Aernnova. The testing involves application of loads via multiple actuators, including aerodynamic loads, forced displacements at specific points of each component and loads applied to different joints.

    Measurements will also be made of microstrains at over 1,500 points using strain gauges and the loads and reactions will be monitored at more than 80 points.

  • CTA is selected as a Core Partner under the new Clean Sky 2 JTI septiembre 30, 2015

    OUTCOME: “Out of autoclave composite manufacturing, wing and tail unit components multifunctional design,” the proposal by the Tier 1 company Aernnova, CTA and three other technology centres (Tecnalia, Fidamc and Catec) has been selected to participate as a Core Partner under the new Clean Sky 2 JTI as part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme.

    The activities under OUTCOME began recently and are aimed at enabling and fostering the commercial availability of leading-edge technology for aeronautical structures with integrated systems, with a special focus on out of autoclave composite manufacturing.

    CTA plans to develop new testing technologies under this project in the fields of load application, intelligent tooling and non-contact inspection with a view to their implementation in tests for its customers.

  • Development of ice impact testing technologies for helicopter rotor blades julio 31, 2015

    CTA is developing new impact testing technologies combining the impacts with structural loads applied simultaneously to the specimen, which will be validated in September on the main rotor blades of the EC175 helicopter by Airbus Helicopters.

    CTA has a high energy impact test bench at its facilities capable of launching projectiles of more than 200 mm in diameter at speeds of over 100 m/s to test the structural resistance of different aerospace components.

  • CTA sponsors the “Aeronautical Engineer of the Year” award mayo 27, 2015

    CTA sponsors the “Aeronautical Engineer of the Year” award, a prize offered by the Official Association of Aeronautical Engineers (COIAE) to mark its 50th anniversary. Among its aims, this award seeks to recognise the professional careers of outstanding aeronautical engineers.

    The winner this year was Luis Gallego, CEO of Iberia, after his selection by a jury convened by the COIAE. The prize-giving ceremony will be held on 29 May 2015 in Madrid.

  • Airhem III: Health Monitoring of Aerospace Components and Structures marzo 17, 2015

    CTA is leading the Airhem III project for Health Monitoring of Aerospace Components and Structures during their life cycle together with Tecnalia, the University of the Basque Country and Mondragón University. This is a Strategic Research project under the ETORTEK 2014 programme financed by the Basque Government.

    Under this project, CTA will develop test benches to validate new sensors in order to determine their behaviour in the most extreme and varied conditions they undergo during their useful life.

  • Extension of the scope of ISO 17025 certification enero 27, 2015

    The vibration tests performed by CTA have now been included under the scope of the ISO 17025 certification for testing and calibration laboratories together with its fire tests, thereby extending the scope of the certification obtained various years ago. This new certification represents an important advance for the company’s aeronautical systems testing under MIL-STD-160G and RTCA-DO 160G, and also for space components according to ESA standard ECSS-E-ST-10-03C.

    In addition, the first cycle of the ISO 14001 certification for environmental management was recently passed with excellent results in terms of energy efficiency.

  • Embraer E2 Flap Supports Structural Tests KOM diciembre 15, 2014

    The Kick-off Meeting (KOM) for the “Embraer E2 Flap Supports Structural Tests” project was recently held between CTA and ASCO Industries in the headquarters of the latter company in Zaventem (Belgium).

    This contract between ASCO Industries and CTA is the first project to be jointly carried out by the two companies and will consist of tests of 2 Flap Supports for certification of the Embraer E2 aircraft.

    This programme, which is expected to continue through to the first quarter of 2017,  will consist of Static, Endurance, Fatigue, Damage Tolerance and Failure Tests, including design and manufacture of two independent test benches and design and instrumentation of specific elements for load distribution and reaction measurement.