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Element announces further investment to expand CMC testing capacity

News International-French

5 Nov 2014

The independent materials testing organization, has invested in doubling its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity at its laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio, setting the stage to continue its development of emerging capabilities.

CMCs, which are capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 3,000°F and deliver unprecedented performance gains within aero engines, have been hailed as the future of the aerospace industry. The material is being utilized within the CFM International LEAP high-bypass turbofan engine, currently being developed in a joint venture between GE and Snecma, intended for use in the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 MAX and China’s COMAC C919 aircraft by 2017.

Rick Sluiters, Element’s Executive Vice President, Aerospace, says: "Element recognized the potential of CMCs to transform the industry at an early stage of their development and has invested significantly alongside Prime customers to develop a market-leading testing capability."

Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.

About Element:
Element is a company with a global presence; its laboratories are staffed by experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Transportation and Industrials sectors. Element’s team of 1,540 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 43 laboratories located throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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