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Jet Engine Test Cell for Pratt & Whitney V2500 Engines

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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As the first Tilt-Up jet engine test cell in the world, this project required special coordination among the client, engineer, architect, electrical engineer and jet engine specialists.

Originally designed as in in-situ concrete project, this project was adapted to Tilt-Up, resulting in a 10-percent cost savings and an eight-week time savings.

The facility needed to have 20-inch-thick solid walls that would be able to withstand exploding jet aircraft engines. Accurate design, construction and design supervision were required because no repairs are allowed to internal surfaces.

The overall structure needs to achieve acoustic noise reduction to meet environmental, health and safety legal requirements. Further, the facility’s dynamic response was required to avoid resonant response with the jet engines’ low frequency noise-induced vibration.

Bold diagonal, vertical and horizontal external rebating was utilized together with paint to alter the form of the utilitarian nature of the building. The diagonal rebating crossing several vertically aligned panels required careful detailing and construction to enable the alignment to be achieved. Curved roof forms were cast into the concrete walls.

Tilt-Up enabled the project to be completed on time while meeting the other extensive requirements.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
10,770 sq ft
(1,001 sq m)
Tallest Panel
48 ft 0 in
(14.63 m)
Largest Panel
380 sq ft
(35.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
53,000 lbs
(24,040 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Alan Reay Consultants, Ltd.
Structural engineer

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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