We’ve previously highlighted some of the key areas where non-stick coatings are utilised within the aerospace industry, with there being numerous cost saving and safety benefits of applying coatings in the right circumstances. With aerospace being such a dominant worldwide industry, there is a constant cycle of R&D that takes place to make further improvements to the current service offerings.
One of the latest advances in the industry comes from GKN, a global engineering firm that specialises in creating solutions for aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. Their GKN Aerospace division have recently developed an advanced coating solution for cockpit windows, which helps to make flights even safer than they already are.
By implementing a newly developed hydrophobic coating to the surface of the windows, GKN have created a solution that provides a much better alternative to what is currently available on the market. With the hydrophobic coating added, cockpit windows shed surface water much more efficiently and it also provides additional protection to the surface of the window.
Where the new solution really comes to the fore though is in it’s durability, whereas the current coating options will usually need to be replaced every 6-8 months, GKN’s coating only needs one application – once it is in place, it will last for the lifetime of the window. The new coating is so advanced that GKN Aerospace CEO, Gavin Wesson, sees the potential for cockpit windscreen wipers to no longer be needed once their coating is applied.
The newly developed coating is currently being flight-tested by Airbus, so keep an eye out for further news on this in future.
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