New Airline Gaskets Improve De-Icing Duct System
New gasket designs and technology are now being used in in de-icing telescopic duct systems and aircraft wing slats. These new gaskets have been created to meet the needs of the high-performance airplanes that carry passengers in all types of weather throughout the world.
What makes these new gaskets different that the models used previously in wing slats and de-icing systems? These new gaskets take advantage of a spring-energized seal using multi-layered technology. In fact, the design includes a seal-within-a-seal type design, where the interior spring-energized seal and a static seal are used in combination to attach the gasket to the airplane. These new gaskets fit between the telescopic duct and the leading edge of the wing area.
The innovation for this design was developed with the help and inspiration of a customer who needed to add an aluminum plate to an existing gasket design. Knowing that this type of rugged option was needed on the market caused engineers to work to develop a product that could be used by the airlines. One of the benefits of the new gasket is that it is much lighter than previous gasket designs, eliminating weight from the airplane itself.
In addition to offering a lighter design, the new multi-layered telescopic duct gaskets are resistant to a wide variety of temperatures, which helps them to last longer once they are installed and offer a low level of thermal conductivity, which is critical to airlines that are exposed to dramatic changes in temperature.
While the gasket is currently only in use in the aerospace industry, there are plans to expand the use into other industries where extreme temperatures and high pressure are seen on a regular basis.
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