BEBLUE offers services focused on three core areas: Material Characterization, Components & Systems Testing, Engineering Expertise.
BEBLUE can assist you in characterising materials through various testing techniques within dynamic cryogenic environment. These are common methods of characterizing materials but are not readily available in such conditions. Reach out to our team to understand more and to discuss your exact requirements.
This provides a method to quantify friction and wear of materials. The pin-on-disk tribometer can be used in several cryogenic environments, including both liquid and gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. BEBLUE can test both alternate and coninuous disk movements.
This provides a standard test method for compatibility of materials within a liquid oxygen environment as per standard D2512-95. BEBLUE's impact test involves impact with a hammer, involving energy up to 100 joules.
Also know as calorimetric bomb tests, this evalates the temperature of ignition of a material. In the French standard NF EN 1797-1 the material is heated up to 550°C in 5°C/min increments at a pressure of 120 bar. Materials are typically tested in powder form using a thermocouple to determine the ignition point.
This provides a method to qualify materials as oxygen compatible in highly constrained conditions. It tests their reactivity in gaseos oxygen under pneumatic impact. The test can be performed on metal surfaces and organic substances and liquid samples. This enables qualification of gaskets, piston rings, stuffing boxes, et cetera.
Beyond just materials BEBLUE is an expert in testing complete components and systems within dynamic cryogenic environments. BEBLUE is known for our ability to develop complex test rigs. Examples of components we have tested include; dynamic seals, bearings, combustion chambers, injectors and valves.
BEBLUE works directly with companies providing expertise to develop your own cryogenic testing capabilities. Our expertise can support with project management, test management, test rig design and integration, and reporting. These services are already proving to be a critical need to support the rapidly growing use of hydrogen.
(Liquid Coming Soon)
Gaseous & Liquid
Gaseous & Liquid
BeBlue targets three core markets with our cryogenic testing capabilities.
Space is an obvious area where our cryogenic expertise is most relevant. Our test centre is already recognised by the European Space Agency. BEBLUE is focused on supporting the new space, private and commercial markets.
Hydrogen offers a unique opportunity for a host of e-mobility applications, notably aviation. Transitioning to utilising hydrogen will not be an easy process - BEBLUE is here to help, support and advise.
Academic research has always been at the forefront of cryogenic testing. Our facility is closely tied to the University of Liege for this very reason. BEBLUE can support with training and research with access to our purpose built facilities.
Located within Liege Science Park our shared facility features multiple testing capabilities, fluid storage tanks, and purpose built buildings and infrastructure that enable our full range of capabilities. The facility has the ability to run over 700 sensors and measurement lines.
Bâtiment B17b, Rue Grande Traverse
Quartier des Urbanistes 2
B-4000 Liège Sart-Tilman
Reach out to us if you would like visit our test centre.
BeBlue is working on testing next generation sealing technologies with CNES.
Their team are looking for innovative solutions that can provide cost reductions while maintaining performance. The project is using existing technologies and adapting them for space applications with the help of BeBlue’s extensive cryogenic testing facilities.
The first results proved so promising that the technology has already been selected for future evolution's of the Prometheus engine.