locomotive test beds at Derby Railway Technical Centre

Wind Tunnels & Engine Test Beds
Test Bed Cooling and Heating
Environmental Chambers
Thermal Product Testing
Test Equipment Design
Process Prototyping
QA Procedures

Proofs of Concept, Principal and Process : A Disambiguation

Proof of Concept (PoC) is a preliminary test indicating whether an idea will work and can be realized

Proof of Principal is a project undertaken after it has been shown by PoC testing that an idea is practicable

Proof of Process is to determine the effect of a conjected procedure or sequence of procedures upon a material

Test Programmes

We originate test plant and procedures for thermal 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. 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 thermal product 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 and aircraft seats. This programmed vessel behaviour for each stage of production, whilst also enabling production units to operate as environmental test chambers capable of creating and controlling extreme thermodynamic test conditions. Other dual-role examples typically include production testing stages for quality and performance assurance - as for Foseco thermic lances and metal filters, GEC Gas Turbines engine systems, J.I.Case hydraulics test beds, and several others.

Test Equipment

Dove Thermal has designed and built temperature conditioning equipment for airframe and engine fuel systems, environmental control units for aero engine test plant, 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:

Transmission & environmental test chambers for J.I.Case Corporation
Environmental test 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 production testing stage for Foseco
Hydraulics test beds for Edbro plc

Dove Thermal Engineering Limited, Uttoxeter, ST14 8QX

Telephone: 01889 569933