AEI’s emission measurement capabilities are state of the art and include a fully staffed emissions laboratory where analyzers are packaged, maintained, and repaired. AEI builds and/or packages the sampling system as well as our standard emissions rack; these can be installed in a development cell as needed. Also available from our emissions lab are FTIR analyzers, smoke meters, multiplexers, and lubricant oil soot measurement. This equipment in conjunction with our ability to run transient cycles allows for accurate and precise emissions measurements. At AEI Central, development cells one and two have CVS capability complete with particulate measurement, supported by a temperature and humidity controlled weigh room. This system enables AEI to provide customers with affordable, repeatable, pre-certification development.
AEI’s machine shop is integrated into the entire facility as part of an ability to generate prototype hardware from conceptual designs in a minimal time frame. Rapid prototyping is performed in house eliminating waiting on long lead times and shipping.
Solids Modeling – AEI designers use ProEngineer Jr., ProEngineer and Solid Edge. This is where sketches are transformed into accurate models that can be seen, rotated and combined as assemblies.
CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) – AEI utilizes MasterCAM for VMCs and Lathes. This software calculates machine code for all of the CNC machines. The CAM station is located at the machine shop floor. Direct Machining – Each machine is electronically connected to the CAM design station and code is downloaded directly. Machining tool paths are verified with the machine computer, ensuring accuracy and minimizing waste.
The fabrication area is located within isolated ventilation confines and provides aerospace quality welding capability including TIG, square wave TIG and MIG welding for aluminum, titanium, red metals and many steel alloys.Water jet cutting provides rapid fabrication capability to support a myriad of requirements. AEI can utilize the water jet with nearly any type of material. AEI engineers routinely utilize this rapid prototyping capability to support projects ranging from engine development programs to electronics modules. Utilizing solids modeling and CAM, errors in machining are virtually eliminated. All of the mechanical staff at AEI are familiar with the machines and are capable of basic machining tasks to support their respective work. Fabrication capabilities facilitate custom vehicle engine and component modifications to achieve installations within very tight space constraints and configurations.
To support air handling projects, the Air Flow lab has a research flow rig capable of up to 4500 cfm with pressures to 30” H20.
AEI has in-house engineering resources and access to outside resources to quickly respond to any electronics requirement. The typical design process includes electronics simulation, breadboard prototyping, circuit board design layout and production quality printed circuit board assemblies.
AEI engineers have the hardware design and software programming capability to incorporate high performance computer controls & monitoring, custom built microprocessors, analog and digital subsystems, etc. into any systems design to meet customer requirements.
AEI’s Data Acquisition and Combustion Analysis package was designed for our in-house use and is a robust system built on proven and reliable hardware. This hardware is readily available off the shelf, but it’s the user interface that distinguishes AEI from our competitors. AEI has a reputation of taking even the most complicated development scenarios and creating an easy to understand, nicely configurable and simple interface at our development cells. We’ve extended this philosophy to our combustion analysis system.