Testing Capabilities

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    Discovery Aviation believes that its key strength lies in its assembly of highly-experienced and successful leadership team bringing together knowledge and insight from many diverse industries.
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    Based in Florida's Space Coast, Discovery Aviation, Inc. designs and manufactures general aviation aircraft and is the FAA Type 23 Certificate holder for the IFR Certified XL-2.
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    The Clean Room contains a Positive Pressure Room that is maintained between 65 and 75 degrees F with less than 60% relative humidity at all times.
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    The company has the capability for a Full Range of Tests, including Chemical, Mechanical, Full-Scale and Sub-Component.

The company has the capability for a Full Range of Tests, including Chemical, Mechanical, Full-Scale and Sub-Component. Discovery Composites has a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) machine(TA Instruments QA-800) and maintains a positive working relationship with several off-site test facilities to accommodate the most demanding testing requirements.

Chemical Testing:

  • Resin Content
  • Volatile Content
  • Gel Time
  • Resin Flow
  • Fiber Areal Weight
  • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Differential Scanning Chromatography
  • Fiber Volume
  • Resin Volume
  • Void Content
  • Cured Neat Resin Density
  • Glass Transition Temperature (Wet/Dry)
  • Standard Test Methods for Gel Time and Peak Exothermal Temperatures
  • Standard Test Methods for Transition Temperatures of Polymers by Thermal Analysis

Mechanical Testing:

  • Composite Material Qualification Testing
  • Environmental Conditioning of Test Laminates
  • Core Density Testing
  • Core Shear Modulus Testing
  • Core Shear Strength Testing
  • Core Shear Fatigue Testing
  • Standard Test Methods for Apparent Shear Strength of Single-Lap Shear Joint Adhesively Bonded Metal Specimens by Tension Loading (Metal-to-metal)
  • Standard Test Method for Tensile properties of plastics
  • Standard Test Method for Rubber property – Durometer hardness
  • Standard Test Method for Floating roller peel resistance of adhesives
  • Standard Guide for preparation of aluminum surfaces for structural adhesive bonding
  • Standard Test Method for moisture absorption properties and equilibrium condition of polymer matrix composites
  • Standard Test Method for thick-adhered metal alp-shear joints

  • DMA Glass Transition Temperature
  • Compressive properties of oriented fiber-resin composites
  • Short-beam shear strength of oriented fiber-resin composites
  • Apparent Inter-laminar shear strength
  • Tensile properties of oriented fiber-resin composites
  • Open Hole Compressive strength testing

Full-Scale and Sub-Component:

  • Fuselage (composite) static strength testing
  • Wing static strength testing
  • Flight control surface static strength testing
  • Flight control circuit static strength testing
  • Landing gear static testing
  • Fuel tank pressure testing
  • Fuselage (composite) fatigue testing
  • Landing gear drop testing
  • Metallic and composite lightning strike testing
  • Dynamic seat testing (composite structures)
  • Ground vibration testing
  • Structural flight strain surveys
  • Handling qualities and performance experimental flight testing
  • Production flight testing
  • Firewall fire testing
  • Interior materials fire testing
  • Spin recovery parachute system testing
  • Egress testing
  • DO 160 Equipment Testing
  • Noise testing

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Discovery Composites, a division of Discovery Aviation, is a proven leader in the design and manufacture of aviation carbon fiber structures.

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