Oerlikon’s complementary offering for aerospace Pfäffikon Schwyz, Switzerland – June 1, 2017 – Under the slogan ‘Making Aircraft Innovations Fly’, Oerlikon is presenting its market-leading surface solutions, advanced materials, turbine components and 3D metal printing, under its Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco brands, at the Paris Airshow.
Aerospace components must withstand wear, corrosion, thermal effects, erosion and greater loads, and at the same time, be light and provide low friction. Oerlikon will be displaying a complete set of surface solutions, advanced materials, turbine components and 3D metal printing for the aerospace industry from its Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco brands at the 2017 Paris Airshow.
Greater performance and reliability – Oerlikon Balzers thin-film solutions
Protected with BALINIT coatings from Oerlikon Balzers, such as the new BALINIT TURBINE PRO, the light-weight materials and components used in the aerospace industry permit greater loads, meet higher tolerances and reduce maintenance. They exhibit excellent wear resistance, low co-efficient of friction and functional stability at high temperatures, while improving corrosion resistance.
Materials important to the aerospace industry, like titanium and nickel alloys, impose severe stress, thermally and mechanically, on the tools used to machine them. Composite materials, increasingly used in the light-weight construction of aerospace parts, are challenging to cut. Oerlikon Balzers’ customizable BALINIT coatings, such as the new BALINIT DIAMOND coatings, are designed to improve the cutting parameters for a wide spectrum of aerospace applications.
Reducing fuel consumption and emissions – Oerlikon Metco thermal spray and turbine components solutions
Thermal spray materials, coatings, specialized machining services and components for aircraft engines significantly increase engine efficiency and fuel economy while reducing emissions. Specifically designed materials and coatings protect the base material of critical turbine parts from oxidation, hot gas corrosion, erosion, wear and excessive heat. In particular, thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) reduce the amount of heat transferred to the base material of turbine parts, allowing high operating temperatures, which in turn leads to improved efficiency and life expectancy. Next-generation materials designed for coating and additive manufacturing processes, such as the new MetcoAdd™ alloys, are key contributors to improve aircraft engine efficiency.
Decreasing weight – Oerlikon metal-based additive manufacturing (AM) solutions
Oerlikon provides additive manufacturing metal powders and contract services for design, prototyping and series production. The metal alloy powders are produced at Nadcap-certified atomization facilities, where alloy development for AM-specific applications is possible. Equipped with a fleet of metal AM printers in Europe and the USA, the materials can be used to additively produce advanced components out of aluminum, titanium, nickel superalloys and steels for aerospace customers. Oerlikon also offers component design services for lightweight, structural, heat-resistant and high-performance applications within aircraft structures, aviation engines, space and missile assemblies, and ground and marine structures.
Oerlikon’s high-end surface solutions, advanced materials, turbine components and metal additive manufacturing solutions for the aerospace industry will be showcased at stand E 121 / Hall 2B at the Paris Air Show.