TEI Inaugurates Turkey’s First NADCAP Accredited Material Testing and Research Laboratory

Date: Issue 94 - September 2019

July 29, 2019. The opening ceremony of Turkey’s first NADCAP accredited Material Testing and Research Laboratory, which aims to serve Turkey’s indigenous engine projects, was held with the participation of President of the Defence Industries Prof. İsmail DEMİR, Eskişehir Governor Özdemir ÇAKACAK, Eskişehir MPs Harun KARACAN, Utku ÇAKIRÖZER, Metin Nurullah SAZAK and the accompanying delegation.

“As a result of many successes that we have been realizing as a country in the defence industry, there is a particular increase in self-confidence and capability in our country. In consequence of these developments, we are on our journey from being a technology-using country to being a technology-producing country. I think the laboratory for which we are here now is a cornerstone on our journey”, said Prof. İsmail DEMİR in his speech before the opening ceremony. 

TEI President & CEO Prof. Mahmut Faruk AKŞİT said that an important laboratory was gained both to TEI and to the Turkish defence and aerospace industry. “This laboratory will not only be used by TEI but also by the universities in our country and the private sector organizations serving the aviation/aerospace industry in the future, and I hope the first NADCAP accredited Material Testing and Research Laboratory will be beneficial for Turkey”.

The laboratory will serve the Turboshaft Engine Development Project (TEDP) being executed under the auspices of the Presidency of Defence Industries. Within the scope of this project, the studies are being carried out on the indigenous design of TEI-TS1400 turboshaft engines, the design of parts and modules, and the development of a database containing the materials from which such parts will be produced.

The determination of the characteristics of high temperature area materials in aerospace engines through real tests and their use in design is of critical importance for companies that design indigenous engines. The TEI Material Testing and Research Laboratory will be able to carry out tests at engine-specific operating temperatures and existing capability improvements will be able to be performed. In this way, the most reliable information on the materials contained in the engine will be provided via testing and verification.

The sample based mechanical tests that have been carried out abroad since the beginning of the project will be performed at the TEI Material Testing and Research Laboratory in the upcoming period.