Flying is the safest way to travel. Every year, more people – especially in the emerging economies – discover air travel, leading to a continuing and sustainable growth for the whole aerospace industry. During service, airplane components must withstand wear, corrosion and great loads, while possessing light-weight and low-friction properties. Plus: mechanical aerospace components have to meet very strict environmental and safety requirements. Oerlikon Balzers has numerous innovative solutions focused on tailored aerospace applications. One example is the development of special coatings for turbine compressor blades to protect the blades against erosion, leading to a longer life cycle and enhanced performance. The coatings that are used to protect such delicate parts are only up to 20 micrometers thick, and yet they are extremely effective.
Thin-film coatings from Oerlikon Balzers protect the compressor blades of aircrafts against erosive wear.