NadcapThe Toulouse laboratory operated by Exova, the world’s leading dedicated testing group, has been accredited by Nadcap to perform a number of specialist composite tests.

Exova Toulouse is located at the heart of the world’s largest aerospace cluster, and serves customers across the entire aerospace supply chain. The lab is responsible for administering the global proficiency test programme on behalf of Airbus, GE Aviation, Safran Group and Eurocopter.

Now the laboratory has been accredited under Nadcap audit criteria AC7122 to perform a number of non-metallic testing types covering mechanical testing and thermal analysis on composites.

The scope of accreditation includes tensile ambient temperature, tensile non-ambient temperature, tensile strain management, compression ambient temperature, compression non-ambient temperature and compression strain management.

Nadcap accreditation is required by many of Exova’s high profile customers and is recognised in the industry as a prestigious accreditation which is both difficult to achieve and keep due to the high standards of technical skills required.

All Exova Aerospace labs have now been Nadcap approved for metallic testing for more than five years, and also hold Nadcap merit approval. The group’s Bridgwater lab was also the first facility in the world to hold both metallic and composite testing approval from Nadcap.

Pascal Escola, general manager at Exova Toulouse, said: “We have worked hard to ensure that our customers can benefit from the highest quality of testing, reassured by the rigorous standards employed by Nadcap in its accreditation process.”

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