Specialty fluids are used in a variety of applications within the aerospace industry during the manufacturing process, in flight and for maintenance purposes.
Defluxing / cleaning of electronics
Electronics and circuits within the aerospace industry are critical in ensuring reliable and safe flight. Acota’s ranges of specialty fluids are used extensively in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry to remove residual solder flux.
Oxygen cleaning / oxygen servicing (LOX/ GOX)
The cleaning of liquid oxygen and gaseous oxygen (LOX / GOX) lines can be a hazardous undertaking. Any contaminant that comes into contact with pure oxygen has the potential to react violently so compatibility with the cleaning solvent is crucial.
3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids HFE-7100 and HFE-71DE are a long-term sustainable solution for many critical LOX/GOX applications, which have previously used CFCs and HCFCs. HFE-7100 is approved for cleaning and cleanliness verification of oxygen lines and systems at the NASA facilities responsible for the space shuttle.
High temperature heat shielding
Used in spacecraft for heat shielding and impact protection, Nextel products offer reliable performance in civilian and military aircraft in applications ranging from firewalls to CMC exhaust components.
3M Nextel Ceramic Textiles, Fibres and Composites are found in nearly every commercial jetliner in the world and are widely used in many military aircraft applications. That’s because Nextel ceramic textiles can withstand extremely high temperatures and are extraordinarily durable, yet are also flexible and lightweight, meeting stringent FAA criteria for aircraft firewalls. According to FAA fireproofing regulations, commercial engine cowlings must be capable of withstanding a flame of 2000°F (1093°C) for 15 minutes without flame penetration. Nextel ceramic textiles help manufacturers exceed this requirement.
They are also used as structural reinforcements in advanced metal and polymer composite materials for load-bearing applications.