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