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In 2017 Parker Aerospace’s Fluid Systems Division (FSD) achieved a significant milestone with its industry-leading fuel tank inerting technology and systems capability. The division now has inerting systems installed on over 11,000 commercial aircraft in service across 15 major aircraft platforms.
Since entering production on the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and 777 platforms in 2008, Parker’s inerting equipment has gone on to support the retrofit of the Boeing fleet as mandated by the FAA rule that kicked off the commercial aircraft inerting business in earnest. As a follow-on to the Boeing platforms, Parker won the air separation module (ASM) contract for the Airbus fleet of commercial aircraft, the A320, A330, and A340. Later, the A350 XWB was added to the mix, as were aircraft for Bombardier, Sukhoi, and COMAC.
Parker and its dedicated team have made it possible to reach these milestones over the last 10 years for Parker’s onboard inert gas generation systems (OBIGGS). This milestone also includes greater than 170,000,000 proven flight hours.
Parker’s installed commercial inerting systems are expected to grow to over 17,000 aircraft in the next five years, as current production continues and new platforms enter service.
Chengdu Airlines’ first ARJ21 (photo: COMAC)
COMAC C919 first flight (photo: Chen Cheng)
Additionally, the division is actively developing the next generation of aircraft inerting technology. While a leader in today’s membrane-based air separation module technology, the division is also pioneering new catalytic fuel tank inerting for aircraft. This version doesn’t require engine bleed air, as the current technology requires, and can expand aircraft fuel tank inerting to additional aircraft markets that don’t currently apply a fuel tank inerting system.
To learn more about Parker Fuel Systems Division products, including fuel and inerting systems, download our brochure.
This blog was contributed by David Brockman, business development manager, Fluid Systems Division of Parker Aerospace.
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Over the last one hundred years, Parker Hannifin has been at the forefront of technology innovation. In 2017, Parker celebrated its centennial, and the advances made in aviation stand out among some of its most notable breakthroughs. From Charles Lindbergh’s first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, through World War II when the company abandoned commercial operations to focus on the defense effort, to the rapid growth of commercial air travel during the latter half of the twentieth century, Parker has been a leader in aerospace innovation. Today, the world's leading aircraft manufacturers choose Parker Aerospace as a technology partner, relying on our mastery of flight control, hydraulic, fuel, inerting, fluid conveyance, thermal management, pneumatic, and lubrication systems and components.
As we close the door on 2017, let's look back on the year and review how Parker Aerospace continued its trend of aviation innovation by delivering advancements in reliability, efficiency, safety, and customer satisfaction. Here, we've rounded up the top five most-read aerospace technology blogs of 2017.
Parker Aerospace is dedicated to continual improvement to assure even greater customer satisfaction and operational excellence. To do this, Parker Aerospace recently unveiled quality and performance initiatives that will drive the company toward zero defects and 100 percent on-time delivery to meet and exceed customer expectations. Read about the improvements in this blog.
In competition, sometimes in order to find the edge of the performance envelope, you have to come right up to it or even over it. Read how Parker Aerospace engineered the hydraulic control system on the ORACLE TEAM USA America's Cup racing yacht to perform under the harshest conditions.
Today’s sophisticated aerospace and defense electronic systems are driving significant increases in power densities, resulting in complex thermal management challenges. Whether you are a thermal design engineer looking for an efficient, dependable cooling solution to perform in the most extreme, mission-critical applications, or a program manager focusing on procuring a solution at the lowest risk and lowest cost, selecting the right thermal management system provider is critical to performance and safety. This blog offers important factors to consider when choosing a thermal management system partner.
Parker Aerospace Group’s firm commitment to program management excellence was validated when its Program Management Office (PMO) team was honored as one of three finalists out of 35 entries for the Project Management Institute’s prestigious 2016 PMO of the Year Award. The PMO Award is an international competition honoring a program management office that has demonstrated superior organizational project management abilities by adding value to its organization through its support of successful strategic initiatives. Read how Parker Aerospace achieved such an honor.
In 2016, more than 3.5 billion passengers flew on airplanes. It was the second-safest year on record for air travel. Modern air travel that is reliable and safe is only possible through vigilant maintenance of the aircraft. Parker Aerospace launched a new initiative named Parker360 to provide world-class aerospace aftermarket services. Parker360 promises to help aircraft operators and owners to continuously maintain the health of their fleets globally. Read more about it in this blog.
Now, watch this video to learn more about Parker Aerospace key markets and capabilities.
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27 Jan 2018
Aircraft lightning strikes occur more frequently than you might think. It’s estimated that on average, commercial aircraft lightning strikes occur every 1,000 hours of flight time or approximately once per year.
When a strike happens, lightning attaches itself to an extremity, such as the nose, leading edge of the wing, or wing-tip, travels along the exterior of the airplane, exits at another aircraft extremity, and continues on to hit the ground.
Up to 1 million volts can be delivered in a single lightning strike. The damage inflicted to the aircraft can vary depending on the duration of the lightning strike, the amount of lightning energy dissipated by the aircraft, and the lightning attachment and exit locations on the aircraft.
Today’s aircraft incorporate state-of-the-art composite materials, specialized computer systems, and components that are lighter in weight, and offer better reliability and longevity, but can also make them more susceptible to damage by lightning. These technological advances are prompting regular updates to strict lightning safety regulations, underscoring the priority placed on lightning protection equipment.
Aircraft manufacturers design and continually test their airplanes for lightning strike protection to keep passengers safe and protect sensitive equipment from damage.
A broad array of components and systems designed to withstand, direct, and dissipate the powerful discharge of a lightning strike are required for lightning protection. This equipment must be tested and verified by the manufacturers to meet the stringent lightning protection regulations.
Key lightning protection tests that should be conducted by manufacturers include:
Flame arrestor technology must be addressed carefully as well. Standards to be met include SFAR88 requirements with flame arrestor technology. Other flame arrestor tests include:
Parker Aerospace has recently introduced the unique-to-market, lightweight, high-pressure isolator (highly resistive union) that protects fuel system components from carrying the high current load of direct lightning strikes, yet allows safe relaxation of static charge developed through the refueling process.
When selecting lightning protection equipment and components, aircraft design engineers should consider partnering with a supplier that offers:
Parker Aerospace has been patenting, testing and manufacturing a comprehensive array of lightning-safe components and equipment for more than 70 years. Thousands of active and certified products have been designed to meet, and in many cases, exceed the stringent lightning safety requirements of the aircraft industry.
Parker’s technology is grounded on decades of proven on-wing time and durability through more than 100 million flight hours on most products. Parker’s engineered solutions include:
Parker Aerospace’s lightning test laboratory offers unique and specialized capabilities that ensure our products provide the ultimate lightning protection, certified to the most stringent commercial and military regulations for lightning, fire, and flammability. Engineers are active members of the SAE A-2 Lightning Safety Committee.
Now, watch this video to learn about Parker's extensive on-site testing capabilities for lightning and fire:
To learn more about Parker Aerospace products, download the product brochure or visit our website
This blog was contributed by the Glen Kukla, engineering site leader, Parker Fluid Systems Division.
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