IRVINE, CA — Parker Aerospace has been selected by Airbus to supply both the fuel and hydraulic systems for its new A350 extra-widebody (XWB) aircraft.
Parker fuel package. The fuel system contract is the result of a collaborative effort by Parker’s Air & Fuel, Electronic Systems, and Nichols Airborne Divisions and Parker’s Fuel Systems team. Together they will provide the entire fuel system equipment package, including the inerting system, fuel measurement and management system, fluid mechanical equipment, and engine feed and transfer fuel pumps.
The contract will generate more than US$1 billion over the life of the program for Parker.
Parker’s Air & Fuel Division in Irvine, California, will provide the fuel tank inerting system. This system uses air separation modules with patented fibers provided by Parker’s Filtration and Separation Division located in the Netherlands. The air separation modules generate nitrogen-enriched air by removing the oxygen molecules from its air source and distributing the nitrogen to all the aircraft’s fuel tanks, thereby reducing the flammability of fuel vapors in the fuel tank and increasing the aircraft’s safety.
Parker’s Electronic Systems Division in Smithtown, New York, will provide the fuel measurement system, which gauges the fuel quantity in the tanks located in an aircraft’s wings and fuselage, as well as the fuel management system, which monitors the distribution of fuel while commanding pumps and valves in the fuel system to provide fuel transfer and refuel.
The fluid mechanical equipment provided by the Air & Fuel Division and the engine feed and transfer fuel pumps provided by the Nichols Airborne Division in Elyria, Ohio, are new product wins for Parker on Airbus aircraft. These products will provide multiple functions for the aircraft, including refueling and defueling, transfer, engine feed, and fuel tank venting. During aircraft operation, the pumps transfer fuel from tank to tank and supply fuel to the engine. The Parker fluid mechanical equipment will provide the control valves for fuel shutoff, isolation, emergency shutoff, and venting air in and out of the tanks.
Parker hydraulic package. The Hydraulic Systems Division in Kalamazoo, Michigan, won the hydraulic power generation and distribution system on the new A350 XWB. This complex bill of material is comprised of seven individual work packages including pumps, reservoirs, manifolds, accumulators, thermal control, isolation, and software. Together these products provide the hydraulic system functions necessary to power and control the aircraft. This system expands Parker’s capability and product offering to the aerospace industry, including a newly designed engine-driven pump, an electric motor-driven pump with control and protection functions, an automatic air bleeding bootstrap reservoir, and hydraulic system control and health monitoring software to DO-178 Level B.
The contract will also generate over US$1 billion for Parker over the life of the program.
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