We focus on two main categories of aviation applications, that being discrete components that are lubricated for life and mechanical or electromechanical devices that must operate for extended periods in severe environments. Our synthetic aviation lubricants are specified for extreme-temperature jet engine actuators, cargo aircraft landing gear, aircraft controls, precision bearings in navigational instruments and wide temperature avionics connectors.
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Avionics systems found in the cockpit rely on lubrication to ensure the communications, navigation, and other crucial flight systems perform properly. Some instrumentation and adjustment controls require lubrication to ensure long-term protection from corrosion and consistent, reliable operation. The synthetic lubricants enable mechanisms to slide, push or flip smoothly, while also imparting the optimal feel or control feedback for the pilot’s interface to a wide range of mechanisms and switch designs, including levers, dials, slides, push buttons, etc.
Airframe related applications such as the proper function of landing gear during takeoff and landing is absolutely critical to save aircraft operation. Primary flight controls need to activate as desired by the pilot when the aircraft is in flight. Lubricating airframe components with a corrosion-inhibited, synthetic hydrocarbon grease designed for high speed, wide temperature conditions will function.
Engines must withstand a wide range of temperatures and operate at high altitudes. Components, including the lubricant, must be compatible with aviation fuels and resist corrosive fuel system vapours. Unique fluorinated synthetic lubricants, that are inherently inert, are ideal for this kind of operating environment. In addition to staying fluid at very low temperatures, their superior thermo-oxidative stability prevents high-temperature oxidation and varnishing even at continuous temperatures such as 250°C, while also resisting aggressive chemicals and fuels.
Interior devices and passenger operated moving objects (e.g. seating and storage systems) can benefit from a thin film of lubricant applied to interior component hinges and slides, to reduce noise generated by vibration and friction in the aircraft cabin while engines are running. In most instances, the actuation of these interior components is by the passengers. A properly selected odourless lubricant that stays in place will ensure a quality sound and feel of operation. Passenger electronic interfaces and entertainment systems rely on lubricants to ensure electrical connections/connectors have long-term protection from corrosion and fretting wear.
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