CHRDI China Helicopter Research & Development Institute
CHRDI China Helicopter Research and Design Institute
This Institute, with a workforce of approximately 2,000 as of 2010, is the overall design authority for Chinese domestic helicopter programmes. CHRDI became part of new AVIC subsidiary Avicopter in 2008. The China Helicopter Research and Design Institute, located in Jingdezhen [Jingde City], Jiangxi Province, was set up in 1968. Its basic task is, in accordance with the state development plan, to undertake the work of helicopter research, design, test, and test flight. By the mid-1980s the institute had a little over 1,200 staff and workers, of which nearly 600 are scientists and technicians.
Through about a dozen years of development, the China Helicopter Research and Design Institute has now formed a design group with a certain capability for actual work. In the institute are 16 research offices, whose specialities include overall, aerodynamic, strength, structure, lift, system, and ad hoc research. The institute also has the necessary technical support units. The academic disciplines are complete, and its specialities form a complete set. The institute also has a computing center. The institute possesses a variety of experimental methods and testing equipment. It can carry out static tests on the whole aircraft, dynamic tests of its parts, and fatigue tests; tests of the fuel, operating, electrical, and ad hoc systems; as well as continued tests of the helicopter as a whole.
The institute also possesses a certain capability for test-manufacture and processing. Its test-manufacture factory has more than 400 production workers and auxiliary workers. It has more than 150 metal-cutting machine tools of various kinds that are able to machine equipment for ordinary tests and parts for helicopter tests.
Since the institute was established, it has done work on designing, testmanufacturing, and testing several kinds of helicopters (including the Zhi-6). It is now engaged in research on improving and modifying helicopters. In addition, making use of its own technological superiority in other fields, like the development of a wind-driven generator, it is serving national economic construction.
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