SPACE HARDWARE TESTING
Space Hardware Testing
Experior Laboratories specializes in creating high-performing and demanding random and direct-field acoustic vibration, Pyroshock, thermal vacuum and accelerated life fast-ramp temperature tests associated with rocket launches and landings, stage separation events, payload deployments and in-orbit satellite and spacecraft operations. All these capabilities are performed in an ISO 8 / Class 100,000 cleanroom environment. Experior Labs has the capabilities and expertise to tackle any size test article and payload, ranging from components to sub-systems to large and heavy full size space craft, satellite, rocket engine, reflector, etc., in our 11,000 square foot dynamics testing facility that offers a 33 foot ceiling height and a 15 ton crane for easy installation and maneuvering of the test article.
As one of the leading independent test laboratories in North America, Experior Labs is recognized for its superior customer service, consistent on-time delivery, project management by experts and end-to-end accountability.
No Band Splitting Required.
Experior Laboratories runs this complete profile without any band splitting, using one of several Unholtz-Dickie T2000 shakers, driven by a 240KVA power amplifier.
Most other test labs have to run this profile as a series of split frequency bands tests, due to the limitations of their shaker and /or power amplifier equipment.
For system-level testing of large payloads up to 8,000 lbs, Experior Labs offers Dual T4000 shaker capability with 3” pk-pk stroke. Each shaker is driven by a 360KVA power amplifier that provides a combined force output of 80,000 lbs sine / 80,000 lbs random/ 100,000 lbs sine burst / 200,000 lbs shock (classical or SRS). These T4000 shakers can deliver even the most demanding vibration and shock profiles for large payload testing.
Utilizing high-G Unholtz-Dickie Induct-A-Ring armature, Experior Labs can provide swept sine testing in excess of 215 G pk.
Additional sine modules include:
• Sine Dwell (fixed freq)
• Resonant Dwell (phase tracked)
• Sine Burst
Experior Laboratories’ Kinetic Impact Pyroshock Simulation (KIPS) test systems are able to simulate near and midfield Pyroshock, experienced by components closest to a pyrotechnic event, using a high-speed impact to excite a tunable resonant beam. Adjusting the impact force, location and damping, this platform allows for highly customizable shock generation and the pneumatic systems allow for quick setup and reset.
Adjustable resonance allows boosting acceleration in only the desired frequency range. For shocks with a specified Te (event duration), adjustable muzzle velocity, impact mass, and custom damping materials allow us to customize shock duration while meeting acceleration requirements.
The KIPS test systems offer short transients, narrow differences between positive and negative SRS traces, and a uniform shock input that allows for near-equal measurements at multiple fixture mounting points.
Experior Labs has designed a wide variety of custom shock platforms and fixtures, and we’ve used frequency analysis software to identify mode shapes and resonant frequencies, which lets us prevent cross-axis acceleration and ensure that units are not over-tested.
Horizontal Shock System
Experior Laboratories performs SRS Shock testing with levels up to 5000 G on the T2000 Shakers, making Experior Labs the industry leader in SRS Shaker Shock. Most test labs cannot offer Shaker Shock testing above 500 – 1,000 G SRS due to risk of shaker armature damage.
Fast Ramp Temperature Testing
Experior Laboratories has several accelerated thermal chambers with high-flow blower motors and liquid nitrogen boost designed to transition temperature as quickly as possible, and are ideal for tests with demanding ramp rates.
Direct-Field Acoustic Testing DFAT
Experior Laboratories, Inc and MSI-DFAT System partnered with the mutual goal of offering the most comprehensive overall service portfolio and generating substantial impact for strategic proposals. This partnership promises to provide a superior client experience to our customers within the Military, Aerospace and Space industries
ISO 5 compliant Class 100 Laminar Flow Bench
Sensitive component assembly and verification work area
11,000 square foot dynamics and
ISO 8 compliant Class 100,000 cleanroom facility
ISO 8 compliant Class 100,000 portable cleanroom
Turning every work area into a clean work area
2018 Space Tech Presentation
High G Vibration and Shock Capabilities for Space Applications
2019 Space Tech Presentation
Propulsion Component Qualification and Acceptance Testing
High G Vibration
ORION spacecraft connector and back shell assembly provided by HiRel Connectors and Kern Engineering
Vibration & Shock Testing Expertise
Andy Shiang, Ph.D.
As the Engineering Manager, Dr. Andy Shiang will be responsible for leading engineering efforts to support the growing product qualification and testing business sectors.
Dr. Shiang brings over twenty years of specialized expertise in structural analysis, dynamics, and aerospace engineering. His most recent position has been at Aerojet Rocketdyne, where he worked on several large engine programs, laser and electro-optics, Kinetic Energy Weapons, energy systems, as well as the Commercial Crew Program. Dr. Shiang earned a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as an MSME & PhD from Lehigh University.
Grace Beech is one of the project engineers at Experior Laboratories, primarily focused in Dynamics. She is responsible for most of the vibration testing and shock testing performed at Experior Labs. Grace manages various aspects of the vibration testing lab, including fixture design and evaluation, program management, vibration testing capability evaluation, shaker troubleshooting and maintenance, and scheduling.
Grace joined Experior Laboratories in 2014. She brought with her prior engineering experience from her work with Zodiac Aerospace’s business class seating segment, and also from her time as a manufacturing engineer in the vibration testing department at TriSep Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gerrit Lane joined the Experior Laboratories engineering team in 2015 and has since overseen the successful completion of over 150 environmental test programs. Specializing in dynamics testing and applications, Gerrit has led the design of Experior Laboratories’ pyroshock simulation test system (KIPS), and has designed several custom suites of standard fixtures for vibration testing and shock testing applications.
Gerrit holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kevin comes to Experior Laboratories with over thirty years’ experience in dynamic testing applications. During his career at Aerojet Rocketdyne he specialized in combined test environments including cryogenically conditioned and pressurized test articles associated with rocket engine components, and supported programs as diverse as the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, expendable rocket propulsion systems, and kinetic energy defense programs. Kevin holds a BSEE from the University of Wyoming.