Jet Engine Testing and the Iceland Volcano: A Case Study

When the Icelandic Vocano Eyjafjallajökull erupted, airline safety became top priority. Intertek helped the aviation industry understand the impact of volcanic ash clouds on jet engines.

The eruption of the Iceland volcano Eyjaallajökull in 2010 ejected massive amounts of volcanic ash for many days, spreading over northern Europe. The dust reached an altitude at which commercial flights operated, creating potential risk and vulnerability to jet engines. As a safety measure many flights were cancelled or postponed. 

Industry challenge:

Concerns that ash could damage aircraft engines caused widespread airspace closures and interrupted travel across Europe. As the volcanic ash drifted across European airspace, thousands of commercial flights were cancelled. The travel plans of millions of people around the world were affected as the volcano spewed ash into the upper atmosphere. 

The solution:

Intertek laboratories in Europe jumped into action, working with jet aviation authorities and commercial clients during the volcano crisis, monitoring potential damage to jet engines and systems from collisions with volcano dust.

 
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