News & Events

Keep up to date with Torquemeters’ latest developments and projects.

We are Exhibiting at the EIS Instrumentation, Analysis & Testing Exhibition

Come and see us at the Engineering Integrity Society’s Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing Exhibition on 14th September 2021 at Silverstone. We will be located at Booth 18.

Torquemeters awarded a major new test rig contract for the UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility (UKEAPF) based within the University of Nottingham’s new Power Electronics and Machines Centre.

 

 

Torquemeters are pleased to announce that they have been selected for the award of a major new project from the University of Nottingham to provide a unique, fully instrumented, 2MW 30,000rpm dynamometer test stand for e-motors & generators for hybrid electric propulsion systems within the Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Centre.

The dynamometer will be designed to enable testing and validation of MW- and kV-class electrical drive systems for both low-speed (800-6,000rpm) as well as high speed (15,000-30,000rpm) applications. The fully instrumented dynamometer will enable the validation of innovative electrical machines in real operating environments including the ability to apply static and dynamic torque and axial thrust profiles. The Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Centre at the University of Nottingham will host this test system to support extensive development programmes in aircraft and other transport electrification. The dynamometer will also be made available to the wider industry.

The project commenced in April 2021 and is expected to conclude early next year with the fully commissioned rig available for testing at Nottingham by the end of February 2022.

Geoff Robinson, Sales Director for Torquemeters Limited commented, “The UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility is a key steppingstone to enable the realisation of the next generation of low carbon e-propulsion systems. We’re very excited at Torquemeters to be supporting the team at the University of Nottingham with this initiative, building on the long-term relationship between the two organisations and look forward to supporting the respective engineering & operational teams as they execute this flagship project.”

June 2021

Torquemeters welcomed into MDS preferred supplier programme.

 

 

Torquemeters Limited is pleased to announce their addition to the MDS preferred supplier programme. Building on their long-standing relationship as an approved MDS supplier, this new adoption of Torquemeters as a strategic supplier partner reinforces both parties’ commitment to closer alignment, communication, and cooperation on complex test rig & driveline installation projects for global aero-engine development programmes.

Having collaborated for the past 25 years on challenging high-performance compressor and turbine test facility projects, MDS & Torquemeters have completed several multi-million-dollar programmes for gas turbine manufacturers in North America, Europe and China with customers including Rolls Royce, ACAE, and Pratt & Whitney. This includes one of the world’s leading driveline solutions for HP/LP Compressor & Fan testing, commissioned in China in 2016, rated for a torque of 16,500Nm at 20,000rpm with the capability to balance 100kN of thrust whilst managing significant misalignment & thermal expansion.

Practically, the new partnership will facilitate earlier engagement & input from Torquemeters on driveline design and specification with a focus on performance optimisation and design for manufacturability. The objective is to be able to execute programmes with shorter time frames, lower-risk and long-term cost savings for end users.

Over the past 70 years, Torquemeters has been responsible for the innovation of the first phase-shift torquemeters, now widely used both for testing & development within the aerospace industry. Managing Director, Ben Van Millingen, commented “It is wonderful to be able to work ever more closely with a key customer like MDS as we collectively strive to meet the increasingly technically demanding challenges of new turbine and compressor developments.”

MDS’s customers push the envelope of gas turbine test. The solutions and expertise of Torquemeters is often a critical component to overall success for their test facilities to deliver the data and performance needed. “Delivering World Class facilities is dependent on our ability to collaborate with expert partners in addressing complex challenges. Torquemeters have demonstrated their commitment to this level of collaboration and we welcome them into the programme.” – Simon Arbuthnot, MDS Chief Operating Officer.

About MDS
MDS designs and builds highly complex multi-million-dollar gas turbine engine test facilities all over the world. Whether shipping cargo across the ocean, at the end of a 1,000 km gas pipeline, or flying on vacation, gas turbine engines must be reliable and safe.

MDS provide our clients with the capability to harness the power of these engines and test them in an environment that mimics their real-world application. With the capability to turn an empty piece of land into a functioning, state-of-the-art test facility in less than two years MDS have a team that can deliver; this includes all engineering and design, construction management, project management, and a robust supply chain.

June 2021

Torquemeters awarded UKAS accreditation for torque and phase calibration to ISO/IEC 17025.

 

 

Following an extensive qualification programme, Torquemeters Ltd calibration laboratory in Ravensthorpe has been granted UKAS accreditation against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

This accreditation is based on Torquemeters Ltd ability to conduct torque and phase calibrations to a high degree of accuracy for incorporation into precision torque measurement devices.

Torquemeters use a qualified purpose-built torque calibration rig to conduct torque calibrations to BS7882:2017 or DIN51309:2005, designed to give the best certification capability and the lowest uncertainty of measurement. Balanced arms are supported by low friction bearings with the torque transmitted via flexible couplings to prevent end loads and moments being applied to the article under calibration. The reaction arm can be levelled to ensure the load arm is always horizontal and calibrated masses are used to give minimum uncertainty for all load conditions. The environment is controlled, and calibrations are conducted by qualified technicians to ensure quality and consistency of calibration and service. The calibration rig torque capability range is 300-3500 N∙m with uncertainty in applied torque better than 0.01% (k=2 for a probability of 95%).

Torquemeters’ accredited laboratory can also undertake calibration of phase meters. Units under test are assessed against calibrated waveform generators, reporting deviations at a range of phases and frequencies. Accredited ranges include phase angle or % phase measurement for amplitudes of 50mV rms and 500mV rms at frequencies up to 100kHz.

Over the past 70 years, Torquemeters has been responsible for the innovation of the first phase-shift torquemeters, now widely used both for testing & development within the aerospace industry. With this significant investment in the new calibration equipment and the successful conclusion of the year-long qualification programme, Managing Director, Ben Van Millingen, commented “We’re very pleased to have met the stringent requirements for UKAS accreditation, which has been a long-term ambition for the business, and underpins our commitment to supporting our customers’ needs for highly accurate torque measurement within their development testing programmes.”

About UKAS
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole National Accreditation Body for the United Kingdom. UKAS is recognised by government, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. UKAS accreditation demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. UKAS accredited certification, testing, inspection and calibration reduces the need for suppliers to be assessed by each of their customers. UKAS’ involvement in international groups such as EA, IAF and ILAC, provides for mutual recognition.

April 2021

We are exhibiting at LCV Cenex event this September

 

Come and see us this September at LCV Cenex, 22nd to 23rd September 2021 at UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire. Our stand is located in Hall 3 (Booth C3-318)

Torquemeters celebrates 70th anniversary!

 

 

Torquemeters is proud to be able to celebrate an important milestone in its long history; our 70th anniversary!

Founded in the early years of the jet age, Torquemeters pioneered the development of the earliest optical torquemeter measurement devices and is, today, one of the leading high speed driveline and test rig designers in the world. Established by R D van Millingen, a member of Frank Whittle’s pioneering Power Jets team that developed the first aero gas turbine, the business has been based in Ravensthorpe, Northamptonshire in the UK since it was incorporated on the 1st of March  1951. From unassuming beginnings working from a barn in the village, the company now operates from a purpose-built facility and has grown into a specialist engineering business with over 50 employees supporting the development and operational programmes of some of the largest aerospace, automotive, energy and industrial companies in the world.

Over the past 70 years, Torquemeters has been responsible for the innovation of the first phase-shift torquemeters, now widely used both for testing & development and for continuous duty operation in the Oil & Gas industry, together with some of the most high-performance driveline solutions available today for aerospace, e-motor and turbocharger applications. A recipient of the Queen’s Award for export in the 1990’s, the business has long-standing customer relationships and collaborates with industry-leading development groups around the world, driving a high proportion of overseas sales.

A stalwart of the Northamptonshire business community, Torquemeters is still a family business led by the sons of the original founder; James and Ben Van Millingen. Managing Director, Ben commented “It is wonderful to be able to mark this anniversary with all of our employees, and customers who have supported us over the years. We’ve been fortunate to have had such long & excellent service and commitment from our highly skilled employees, both past & present, and the success of the business is testament to their effort and expertise.”

IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo

Oct. 11-15, 2020

Detroit, Booth 407

Event Postponed – 49th Turbomachinery & 36th Pump Symposia

Sept 15-17, 2020

Booth 2735

IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo

Sept. 29 - Oct. 3

Baltimore, MD

48th Turbomachinery & 35th Pump Symposia

Sept 10-12, 2019

Booth 2626

Coronavirus Update - 1st July 2021

Torquemeters Ltd is committed to maintaining its usual high level of service and support whilst operating a safe and socially-distanced environment for all our staff & customers. We appreciate your understanding that, in following UK Government advice on Covid-19, we may be restricted from undertaking certain service activities but we will in these cases try to assist in so far as we are able. Our staff are available via the usual email or telephone contacts and your account manager can be contacted in the first instance for anything that you need support with.Geoff Robinson | Director | Torquemeters Ltd