Laboratory & NDT Services 

Laboratory & NDT Services

The aviation lab

Lufthansa Technik operates a one-stop shop for MRO laboratory services covering analytical investigations across all aviation materials and substances. These include aircraft fluid analysis, material compatibility and failure analysis as well as flammability tests and non-destructive Testing.

Aircraft fluid monitoring

For the examination of all aircraft on-board fluids, the laboratory has a full spectrum of in-house capabilities. It offers the identification of physical and chemical properties of aircraft fluids for quality checks required by the OEM as well as root cause investigations, e.g., by identification of contaminants such as traces of non-system fluids or by isolation and successive identification of particles from fluids and filters. Specific monitoring programs enable customers to optimize fluid and filter change intervals to prevent e.g. filter clogging or O-ring hardening/cracking. All steps are designed to be quick, easy and reliable. Taking samples is supported by a handy Fluid Sample Kit.

Aviation material compatibility evaluation

Aircraft and their components are treated with numerous substances such as cleaning agents and lubricants, which have to be tested for harmful effects when applied to specific materials and for compliance with aircraft specifications. In addition, manufacturers and users of innovative agents have to test their products prior to approval and use in the field. Lufthansa Technik’s “Lab Services” therefore offers a comprehensive evaluation service to confirm the compatibility of substances and agents for surface treatment, cleaning or machining with aviation materials.

Aviation material failure analysis

Aircraft materials are exposed to stress and aging during flight operation, sometimes causing damage and failures. To identify the causes, Laboratory Services offers a comprehensive range of analytical investigations. The results enable the experts to advise not only on the failure mechanism, but also on future damage prevention or MRO process optimization.

The “Lab Services” team can draw on several decades of experience in failure analysis. A comprehensive metallurgical analysis produces all the data necessary to identify the failure mechanism and the potential root cause.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Aircraft and Aircraft Components are subject to high stress. In order to find hidden, invisible damage, we inspect the structure using various non- destructive testing methods. All our NDT Services are certified for Level II and Level III according EN 4179 and NAS 410.

Our testing methods

  • Ultrasonic Testing (UT) 
  • Eddy Current Testing (ET)
  • Penetrant Testing (PT)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
  • Thermographic Testing (TT)
  • Radiographic Testing (RT)

Material Flammability Test Center (MFTC)

To prevent fires from starting and to halt them in their tracks as soon as possible, every material to be used in an aircraft must be tested following strict specifications. With a large variety of aviation flammability tests the Material Flammability Test Center offers complete investigation and substantiation on a broad range of aircraft interior materials.

Furthermore, consultants can guide customers seeking the appropriate test package through the applicable aviation authority regulations. To complete the process, witnessing by authorized Part-21 engineering staff can be arranged.

Non-destructive Testing (NDT)

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