Combined Loads Test System (COLTS)

The Combined Loads Test System (COLTS) is a unique structural testing complex in which large curved panels and cylindrical shell structures have been tested for the past several years.  Aircraft fuselage section components of commercial transports and space structures are subjected to combined loading conditions that simulate realistic flight load conditions.

The COLTS combined loads test machine enables researchers to select a unique set of requirements for their real-time display and test data acquisition.  The data systems have been designed with an open architecture and connectivity that support both data acquisition and management functions, in order to accommodate the complex nature of the mechanical and thermal loads on a particular test article.

The competent staff at the COLTS testing complex are available to provide experimental verification of structures technology concepts for our research customers.