Other Capabilities

As well as the Gnome and Adour engines, S & C Thermofluids also owns and operates the following test systems to provide capability in a wide variety of smaller and non-aerospace problems.

High flow capacity compressed air system

This testing facility is installed at S & C's Head Office in Kelston. It provides an affordable testing option for smaller-scale projects.

  • 100 cubic foot compressed air tank - 10 bar
  • Capable of 24 g/sec continuous flow
  • Full data acquisition system
  • Orifice meters available
  • Air can be heated to 600ºC using 4kW or 6kW power supply
  • Furnaces can supply additional heat to 1000ºC

The Head Office testing facility also contains a 4bar high flow capacity pumped water system.

Small scale facilities

  • Nitrogen/air system (175 bar)
  • Hot & cold gas jet test rig (UJFR)
  • Gas ejector and pump test rig
  • Small scale solid rocket motor test rig
  • Small turbojet engine test facility (JPX)
  • Water test tanks and tunnel with up to 2m/s flow (see image)


Model Aircraft Research

Flight testing is by tradition a prohibitively expensive process. In order to provide a pragmatic means to study and demonstrate new technologies in flight conditions, S & C Thermofluids has made use of model aircraft which are jet propelled. The aircraft is an off-the-shelf kit - The Super Reaper. It has a wing span of 1.8m and weighs approximately 7kg dry.

With its Jetcat P80 turbojet engine, the aircraft has a maximum speed of 150mph (67m/s) in straight and level flight. It is controlled with standard radio control systems. The P80 is capable of generating 8kg of thrust and uses kerosene as its fuel. Typical exhaust temperatures are up to 750ºC.

Flight times for the reaper are normally of the order of 7 minutes.

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S & C Thermofluids Ltd

The Old Tannery, Kelston, Bath, BA1 9AN
Tel: 0117 932 7378 Fax: 0117 932 9652
Email: tony.smith@thermofluids.co.uk

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