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    • Composite Material Adoption

      In a drive to lessen environmental impacts and fuel costs, a significant effort has been made to reduce the total mass of an aircraft. The engine environment is a great target for weight reduction as it can be updated in isolation from the rest of the aircraft and create real impact. Many engine components are made with high density metals, creating weight saving opportunities by replacing those parts with lower density composites.

      3M has helped support this initiative from the start by developing surface treatments, primers, adhesives, protection films and resins that are key enablers of composite adoption throughout the engine environment. Bonding dissimilar materials, protecting parts from erosion damage and honeycomb splicing are just a few examples of where we have helped bring composite design concepts to life.

      More directly, advanced composite materials like Ox-Ox Ceramic Matrix Composites, made with 3M™ Nextel™ Fibers, are replacing heavier, traditional materials like titanium and nickel alloy, giving the engineer benefits of weight reduction and more freedom of engine design.

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      3M­™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers and Textiles

      3M™ Nextel™ ceramic fibers are used to reinforce Ox-Ox Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) for exhaust components and heat shields. At one-third the density of traditional materials such as nickel alloys or less than two-thirds density of titanium, CMCs made with 3M™ Nextel™ offer new design possibilities within engines as they can be shaped into complex structures, while maintaining high temperature capabilities.

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    • Tube of Urethane Repair Paste
      Urethane Repair Pastes

      3M urethane repair pastes are used to quickly repair polyurethane erosion films on parts, eliminating the need to remove and replace the film. These two-part pastes cure to erosion-resistant urethane elastomers and provide long-lasting protection from further damage.

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    • Fuel Efficiency

      In response to pressures to reduce engine noise, emissions and fuel consumption, engines are being designed to run hotter – increasing demand for super heat-resistant materials. These materials must have reliable performance at the extreme temperatures generated during the intended lifecycle and a variety of conditions undergone by aircraft engines.

      Making an engine more aerodynamic can also have a significant impact on fuel consumption. Airframers and engine makers can improve fuel efficiency by around 1 percent by covering surfaces with drag reduction films. The savings in fuel efficiency, although small in percentage terms, are significant in money terms for customers in a competitive market.

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      Drag Reduction Films

      Our Drag Reduction Film is based on the microreplication technology that 3M has utilized effectively in several industrial applications. Our films can be customised to reduce friction without adding significant weight or complexity and is based on our proven core set of erosion coating solutions.

    • two aircraft engines
      3M­™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers and Textiles

      With benefits such as strength, creep resistance, design freedom, and an ability to withstand higher temperatures, Ox-Ox Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) parts made with 3M Nextel can be used to create the next generation of more efficient, lighter weight, quieter engines.

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    • silicon nitride electrical insulator
      3M™ Silicon Nitride Electrical Insulator

      3M™ Silicon Nitride Electrical Insulator At 60% lighter than steel, 3M Silicon Nitride is a lightweight, high-strength ceramic material used as an alternative to stainless steel, super alloys, tungsten carbide, Al2O3, and ZrO2. With properties such as thermal shock resistance and high fracture toughness, this material is ideal for jet engine igniters, bearings, bushings, seal rings, wear plates and other components in both aircraft engines and hydraulic systems.

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    • Production efficiency

      The aerospace industry is typically at the forefront in adopting new techniques that dramatically increase throughput. Manufacturing speed is not the only important factor. Transportation, supply chain, handling and regulatory all need to be considered when developing products so they perform and are easy to adopt.

      Many of our structural adhesives and void fillers have been designed to dispense in bulk or via automated equipment, which increases through-put and reduces mix ratio errors, waste and rework.  Our new generation films have been designed to cure out of the autoclave which avoids a common bottleneck while reducing investment and operational cost.

      Wherever possible, we are ahead of compliance legislation (e.g. non-chromated primers) and design products that don’t need to be stored and transported in a frozen state.

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    • Safety

      While aircraft engines are now safer and more reliable than they have ever been, failures can still happen. According to data conducted by the industry, system component failure within the powerplant is the third-leading cause of aviation accidents.
      Many 3M solutions are designed to enable safe engine designs. From keeping heat and flame in, to preventing leaks of engine fluids, and strengthening bolted connections, our products are designed to help enable the engine to operate safety.
      Our wide range of tested solutions means 3M can be your trusted safety partner.

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    • 3M nextel ceramic fibers and textiles
      3M™ Nextel ceramic fibers and textiles

      Firewalls, fan cowls, engine struts and other jet engine components need to withstand a great deal of stress from high temperatures, punishing vibration and – above all – the threat of flame. 3M Nextel 312 & 440 ceramic textiles can help meet industry requirements including the flame barrier test (no flame propagation) per ISO 2685 and FAR 25.856(a).

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    • Pieces of gaskets, seals, and coatings using 3M™ Dyneon Fluoroelastomers and Perfluoroelastomers for aircraft.
      3M™ Dyneon Fluoroelastomers and Perfluoroelastomers

      3M Dyneon Fluoroelastomers (FKM & FFKM) can be used to create gaskets, seals, and coatings that are chemically resistant to many aircraft fluids like jet fuel, engine oils, and hydraulic fluids and can withstand the demanding high temperature environments to seal engine turbines. Our FKM & FFKM grades can be compounded to meet the following industry specifications: AMS3216, AMS3217, AMS3218, AMS3353, AMS3384, AMS7257, AMS7259, AMS7276, AMS7379, AMS7287.

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    • 5 rings of 3M friction shims.
      3M™ Friction Shims

      3M™ Friction Shims can be used to increase the coefficient of friction up to 5x higher in bolted connections for improved torque transfer or protection against slippage in shear force connections. These custom sized, diamond encrusted shims allow you to improve the safety of your assemblies without the need for larger components.

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