FARNBOROUGH: Bombardier completes CSeries wing test

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Bombardier has completed ultimate load testing on the CSeries composite demonstrator wing.

During the testing Bombardier successfully replicated 150% of the most severe forces the wing would likely experience in service.

Bombardier carried out the tests at its Belfast, Ireland facility where the carrier plans to manufacture the composite wing.

VP of engineering and business development for Bombardier's Belfast plant Colin Elliot says the airframer is dedicating a lot of time to the composite torque box. Bombardier is using a resin transfer infusion process that is significantly different from other composite processes, says Elliot. Through the process Bombardier is laying up the fibre mold first and then injecting the resin afterwards, he explains.

Bombardier at its Belfast facility has also tested more than 4,300 small parts and coupons, 300 structural details and complex sub component testing on the wing is underway.

The airframer is scheduled to wrap up joint definition phase of the CSeries this month and continue to migrate to detail design phase. VP CSeries programme Rob Dewar says the airframer introduced a new practice during joint definition of validating each phase with its customers.

Dewar says all the work packages in joint definition were validated to ensure they met targets set at the beginning of the CSeries programme as part of what Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott outlines as Bombardier's commitment to meet a entry into service date of 2013, "well before our competitors would think of doing the same".