NASA's One-of-a-Kind Vibro-Acoustic Research Facility Using DesignBuild Delivery | Benham | Architecture, Engineering, & Designbuild Firm

NASA's One-of-a-Kind Vibro-Acoustic Research Facility Using DesignBuild Delivery

Project Description

  • Client: 
    NASA – Glenn Research Center
  • Location: 
    Cleveland, Ohio

Benham completed comprehensive DesignBuild℠ services for NASA’s new vibro-acoustic test capability (VTC); the facility opened in October 2011. The VTC includes a mechanical vibration facility (MVF) and a reverberant acoustic test facility (RATF) supported by an integrated, high-speed data acquisition system; facility control system; and common infrastructure systems. The MVF is the largest and highest vibratory powered spacecraft test capability built to date, and the RATF provides the largest high intensity acoustic capability ever built. This new facility specifically addresses the vibration and acoustic capability that will supplement the research and test capabilities currently existing at the Space Power Facility in Sandusky, Ohio.

“This facility is the most capable test facility ever constructed, so it needed tremendous engineering, tremendous design, and capabilities that Benham was able to provide in completing the facility.”
– Jim Free, NASA’S Glenn Research Center Director

The facility is a one-of-a-kind test center with systems and containment structure designed to dissipate energy from high impulse vibration and acoustic events. The facility will be used to replicate intense shaking and extreme sound pressure associated with launch, emergency abort, and re-entry of the multi-purpose crew vehicle. The multi-purpose crew vehicle will carry astronauts to the International Space Station and back to the moon in the next decade. "This facility is the most capable test facility ever constructed, so it needed tremendous engineering, tremendous design, and capabilities that Benham was able to provide in completing the facility,” said Jim Free, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

Awards

 DBIA National Design-Build Award
 Project of the Year,
from the Slag Cement Association
 Space Flight Awareness Award
 Group Achievement Award

DesignBuild is a service mark of Benham in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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