Material Innovations and Mandatory Regulations to Define the Future of Aircraft Fuel Systems Landscape

Aircraft Fuel

Differing greatly from aircraft to aircraft, fuel systems are an integral component that must provide a continual flow of contaminant-free fuel regardless of the aircrafts attitude. Accurate fuel flow with sufficient pressure through aircraft fuel systems is vital for the safe engine operations and overall functioning of the aircraft. Quantity measurement and flow control are some crucial parameters of the aircraft fuel systems that need to be accurate to deliver optimum flight safety.

However, aircraft fuel systems—for measurement and management are often designed to meet the aircraft specifications. The designers of aircraft fuel systems take into consideration the maturity of aircraft, safety and reliability, accuracy, latest technologies available, and the level of maintainability of the aircraft fuel systems.

An ongoing in-depth analysis of the global aircraft fuel systems market presents a comprehensive assessment of the global aircraft fuel systems- including an evaluation of the current and prospective scenario of the aircraft fuel system market.  The projections pertaining to aircraft fuel systems market, included in the report, will prove beneficial for industry experts and help them arrive at prudent decisions regarding their forward market strategies. The report on aircraft fuel systems market projects the overall growth trajectory of the market over the next few years coupled with exclusive insights on the key market dynamics, likely to shape the future of aircraft fuel systems market. Innovations, technological advancements, and comprehensive profiles of key vendor in the global aircraft fuel systems market are also included in the report.

Mandatory Regulations Ensuring Flight Safety Will Push For Aircraft Fuel System Compliance

With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), recently issuing rule that establishes a standard for design and installation of aircraft fuel systems—specifically in transport category aircraft. The new advisory circular has been issued as a recommendation on protect aircraft fuel system from lightning that might ignite fuel vapors. The new advisory circular also guides applicants for obtaining Code of Federal Regulations’ Transport Airplane Fuel System Lightning Protection. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Complaint Compliant Fuel Tank Safety (FTS) Training ensures candidates’ familiarization with different elements of aircraft fuel systems safety issues. Additionally, Avfuel, the global aviation fuel provider became the first ever aviation fuel supplier to be approved by FAA for its online training program on fuel safety—helping FBOs and operators to meet fuel safety regulations.

Moreover, amidst increasing stringency in regulations and design complications, aircraft fuel systems testing has also become critical to maintain the overall health, reliability, and safety of the aircraft. Industry experts are increasingly conducting testing programs for aircraft fuel systems—including hot fuel testing and fuel icing, performed on both individual components and complete aircraft fuel systems.

3D Printing Technology, SMA to Transform Overall Efficiency of Aircraft Fuel Systems

The aviation industry is increasingly using additive manufacturing, shape memory alloys (SMA), and carbon fiber materials to reduce the aircraft weight—opening avenues for construction and customization efficiency. Manufacturers of aircraft fuel systems are increasingly exploring shape memory alloys, also called shapeshifting alloys, owing to its excellent response to external stimulus including chemicals, heat, and light.

Shape memory alloys have the ability to shrink, twist, and bend when heated at a certain temperature and can return to its original shape when cooled off. Being explored as vibration dampers in commercial jet engines and launch vehicles, shape memory alloys have stirred immense consideration from researchers, scientists, aircraft fuel systems manufacturers, and even NASA, that they are being projected as the future of aircrafts building—with weight and fuel efficiency intact. Material advancements like these are projected to place aircraft fuel systems market on a faster moving pedestal.

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