AgustaWestland used HBM’s QuantumX MX840 to capture the data along with HBM’s catman AP data acquisition and analysis software to provide an initial overview of the test data which was then exported and analysed separately. Matt Williams, a Senior Structural Test Engineer, says, “We selected the MX840 because we could plug anything into it quite easily and it has an excellent recording capacity both in terms of the recording span and the rate”. Each drop test involves some eight seconds of recording at 4,800 Hz although the actual drop lasts less than three seconds. There is then approximately an hour between each test for analysis and reconfiguration of the test rig. Williams comments, “We use HBM’s catman AP software to give a broad analytical overview after each test and then we export the data to Excel for more detailed analysis”.
Williams adds, “The MX840 was very good at capturing data and was reasonably easy to set up making it a very useful data acquisition tool for these tests”.