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Australian fatigue testing technology to be tested on US helicopter

Four Victorian companies are among those involved in a project that will see $5 million invested by Defence over the next five years to develop fatigue testing technologies.

Nova Systems, Jack Thompson Engineering, Fortburn, and Advanced VTOL are among the companies working with Defence and the US Navy on developing a full-scale, structural fatigue test rig that can accurately replicate the loads and forces experience by a helicopter in flight.

The project aims to develop the capability to fully test and validate helicopter structures, as well as delivering new technologies that may be applied to other areas such as fatigue testing of fixed-wing aircraft.

The US Navy has supplied one of their aircraft for the research, and has expressed an interest in implementing full-scale fatigue testing of their entire fleet of Romeo Seahawk helicopters.