– The addition of Fi-BarTM to the surface and structural airframe will help prevent major damage to the aircraft due to in-air collisions resulting from hail or other foreign objects. Similar to the benefit provided to wind turbine blades, both commercial and military helicopters can benefit from the adoption of Fi-BarTM to their design.
Aircraft Engine Components
- The aerospace industry is constantly seeking ways to lighten the airframes and engines to improve fuel efficiency, as well as making the aircraft stronger and more durable. ACF's Fi-BarTM weave can be integrated into the metal components of jet engines to add strength, be more heat tolerant, resistant to wear, and reduce the weight of the aircraft. ACF was recently selected for a Phase II SBIR Project by the Office of Naval Research, focusing on the application of our Fi-BarTM CMC's on advanced turbine engine component design and fabrication.
- Helicopter Blades currently utilize carbon composite materials to lighten the weight of the airframe and strengthen the blade for extended life. The longevity of the blade could be further extended using Fi-BarTM on the leading edge of the blade, making it resistant to damage due to sand and weather effects.
- Re-entry shielding material – The upper use temperature of Fi-BarTM exceeds 4,000° F making it an excellent choice for reinforcing the leading edge of spacecraft mainframe construction and airframe integrity and sustainability.
- Space vehicles are exposed to extreme conditions during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere requiring the application of the most heat-resistant materials available in today's market. ACF's Fi-BarTM can meet the challenge.
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