Create a universal test system to test various aircraft linear actuators to ensure proper stroke, load, current draw, and other operational parameters are within specification.
A custom 500lb load test system built from off-the-shelf components and based on the National Instruments NI cRIO-9063 platform with LabVIEW applications for control, safety monitoring, data collection, and reporting.
Linear actuators are used throughout aircrafts to perform actions that are both flight (e.g., landing gear deployment) and non-flight (e.g., cargo bay door release) critical. Actuators are typically electrically driven and apply a range of forces to move a piece of the aircraft into a desired position. Components must be tested through their range of expected operation and at safety limits that exceed the norm.