UK-based airline interior specialist, MAC Interiors, has set-up its own stress testing facility in order to be able to do in-house stress testing and evaluation of new products so they can be certified in faster and more flexible manner.
The material initial testing facility currently includes a universal testing machine for tensile and compression testing. The machine is configurable in multiple orientations to allow for any number of material- and process-dependant methods to be tested in both compression and tensile directions. Using the equipment it is possible to perform such tests on raw materials such as metals, composite board, polymers, textiles, rubbers and adhesives, as well as finished components. The end results are A and B basis and indicative structural allowables, crucial to the development of FAR / CS Part 25 compliant interior products.
Future additions to the material testing facility will include vertical flammability testing in accordance with FAR / CS 25.853