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Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce Canada Open State-of-the-Art Cold Weather Engine Testing and Research Facility

The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) Inc., a limited joint venture company comprising Rolls-Royce Canada and Pratt & Whitney Canada, has officially opened its new, state-of-the-art cold weather testing and research facility for aircraft engines, in northern Canada.

The new facility specializes in ice tests for civil aerospace engine certification programs, and is located in Thompson, Manitoba, where the sub-arctic temperature make it an ideal location to conduct ice tests using natural weather conditions. The centre can accommodate the largest aircraft engines in use today and will support the future growth of gas turbine engines of up to 150,000 lbs force with fan diameters of up to 140 inches. The test stand is equipped with an advanced icing system which has been designed and supplied by the National Research Council of Canada, a world-leader in the development of icing simulation technology.

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