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New Woodward Test Facility for Combustion System Development

Posted on August 18, 2005

Woodward Governor Company announced today that it is providing advanced combustion testing capability for aircraft and industrial gas turbine engine applications. The company’s newly built Turbine Combustion Systems Test Facility, at its Zeeland, Michigan, U.S.A., location, has two cells that provide controlled, repeatable, and environmentally friendly testing.

“Testing is key to our ability to help our customers gain insight into their combustion process,” said Joe Bergholz, Woodward vice president and general manager, Turbine Combustion Systems. “The customer receives fully validated subsystems for use in their engine testing. We work with customers to leverage combustion expertise and to develop new technology such as fuel nozzles, advanced combustion sensors, and our new line of ignition systems.”

These expanded capabilities will enhance Woodward’s ability to develop leading combustion systems and components, providing customers with key advantages such as reduced emissions, enhanced fuel economy, and weight reduction. “The facility will play a major role as Woodward develops advanced combustion control innovations that will inject, ignite, sense, and control fuel in gas turbines.” said Tom Gendron, Woodward’s president and CEO.

The facility supports both atmospheric ignition testing and intermediate-pressure combustion testing using both liquid and gaseous fuels. It is also equipped with advanced instrumentation for liquid spray diagnostics, emission measurement sensors, and digital data acquisition systems.

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