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DEVELOPMENT & TEST


locomotive test beds at Derby Railway Technical Centre

TRACTION, AEROSPACE, HYDRAULICS,

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT,

MARINE & VEHICLE SYSTEMS


Test Programmes

We originate test plant and procedures for new product development, and to support our own design projects. Examples include DMU-Railcar engine management groups, test bed development of the original HS125 locomotive unit, enhancement of manufacturing processes, and locomotive cooling air porting arrangements. Typically, test methods and equipment have been developed to optimise routing of automotive exhaust systems, the stability of blown film extrusion processes, and to neutralize vibration in large rotary expressing machines.

Adaptability and Multiple-Use Facilities

Process control software and equipment designed for development purposes might subsequently be embodied into production plant and machinery upon fulfilment of its original function - such as an autoclave control system we developed for manufacturing racing car & aircraft seats. This programmed vessel behaviour for each stage of production, as well as creating extreme thermodynamic test environments. Other dual-role examples typically include production line stages for quality assurance & performance testing - such as for Foseco thermic lances and metal filters, GEC Gas Turbine engine and systems testing, J.I.Case tractors and hydraulics, and many more.

Test Programmes

Dove Thermal has designed and built temperature conditioning equipment for airframe and engine fuel systems, environmental control units for aero engine test rigs, and NDT methods to identify causes of structural failure in large rotating machinery. We have extensive experience of providing equipment and services for all types of power plant.


Capacity and Workscope - examples of test & development plant programmes:

Environmental & engine systems support equipment for Rolls-Royce Aerospace
Locomotive test bed systems for British Rail Technical Centre
Helicopter blade heating & vibration for British Aerospace
Molten metal filter product testing stage for Foseco
Traction test plant for the J.I.Case Corporation
Hydraulics test cells for Edbro plc

Dove Thermal Engineering Limited, Uttoxeter, ST14 8QX

Telephone: 01889 569933