NPO Saturn Selects LMS Test.Lab For Dynamic Testing Of Jet Engines

NPO Saturn and LMS signed contract at MAKS 2005,
International Aviation & Space Salon in Moscow, Russia


Moscow, Russia - August 18, 2005 - LMS and NPO Saturn today announced the
signing of a contract for a 250-channel jet engine testing solution at MAKS
2005, the International Aviation & Space Salon in Moscow, Russia.
The LMS dynamic testing solution will be deployed on Test Bench 26, located
at NPO Saturn's test center near Rybinsk, and dedicated for certification
and production testing of the new gas-turbine engine SaM146.

NPO Saturn is a leading Russian company in the field of development and
production of gas turbine engines for aviation, navy, energy production and
gas compression stations. The renovation of the NPO Saturn Test Bench 26 is
realized within the framework of program SaM146, a joint development of NPO
Saturn and the French engine manufacturer Snecma. The SaM146 will power all
versions of the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ), created by ZAO "Sukhoy Civil
Aircraft". The RRJ is a 60, 75 and 98 seats jet plane, for basic and
long-range flights, and provides commonality that will give operators
substantial savings.

In the highly competitive aerospace industry, efficient testing is vital to
improving an engine design and increasing the cost-effectiveness of the
certification process. Aero-engine manufacturers are asked to develop
silent, clean and more efficient engines by increasing power/weight ratios.
This requires many innovations such as, new lighter materials, new and more
complex blades geometries and new nozzle shapes. In this process, testing is
an important step towards validation of design and/or certification of the
engines. The trend in physical testing is towards an increased number of
both static and dynamic channels to acquire more data, with increased
on-line and post-processing capabilities. This allows engineers to gain
better insight into the engine performances and reliability over time.

The LMS offering matches these challenges with its unique combination of the
LMS Test.Lab software suite and LMS SCADAS III data acquisition front-ends.
The fully synchronized 24bits front-ends are dedicated to vibration and
acoustic testing and provide integrated signal conditioning, on-board
storage of calibration values, on-board parallel processing, high
performance sampling and high throughput to disk rates. These key features
support efficient testing with a maximum of engineering insights into the
noise and vibration behavior of the engine. LMS Test.Lab offers flexible
visualization of the measurements on several graphic screens on the control
consoles. It also offers alarm monitoring on all the measurement channels,
offering optimal security during the test. The LMS system allows gapless
recording of large data volumes during at least 8 hours. All data is stored
on a centralized archiving system, and is easily managed through LMS
Tec.Manager.

Alexander Piontkovsky, Director Information Technologies, NPO Saturn, sees
the selection of LMS as an important step, "LMS is an essential building
block in sustaining the NPO Saturn capability to carry out the most advanced
development projects and production of gas turbine machinery. The excellent
track record of LMS as a supplier for the aerospace industry, and its local
support team in Russia, convinced NPO to select LMS. Through the
implementation of the LMS large channel count solution and its extensive
analysis capabilities, we expect our engineers to securely perform dynamic
jet engine testing, while at the same time accelerate data acquisition and
test validation, to lead us to maximum return of our testing facilities."

Filip Pintelon, General Manager of the LMS Test Division, concluded, "We are
very pleased with NPO Saturn's choice for LMS solutions in the challenging
application of dynamic jet engine testing. Increasing performance through
high channel count, reliable and automatic tracking of channels and digital
technology will support NPO Saturn in efficient production and certification
testing of state of the art engines. Our LMS Russia representative office is
strongly committed to assist in the successful deployment of the LMS
solution, and safeguard NPO Saturn's excellent reputation as the Russian
largest designer and manufacturer of gas turbine machinery."

About LMS:

LMS is an engineering innovation partner for companies in the automotive,
aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. LMS enables its
customers to get better products faster to market, and to turn superior
process efficiency to their strategic competitive advantage. LMS delivers a
unique combination of virtual simulation software, testing systems, and
engineering services. We are focused on the mission critical performance
attributes in key manufacturing industries, including structural integrity,
handling, safety, reliability, comfort and sound quality. Through our
technology, people and over 25 years of experience, LMS has become the
partner of choice for most of the leading discrete manufacturing companies
worldwide. LMS, a Dassault Systemes Gold Partner, is certified to
ISO9001:2000 quality standards and operates through a network of
subsidiaries and representatives in key locations around the world.

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