Smart Valve, low cost, low weight and high reliability for tank and cargo compartment inerting systems.
The present proposal, VISTAC, offers cooperation between GDTech, a highly skilled company in the field of simulation of thermal, fluid and multiphysics behaviour of aeronautical equipment and Equip’Aero TECHNIQUE, a recognized design and production organisation for aircraft fluid management equipment including innovative solutions. This strong partnership combines expertise in all required fields and experienced practice in working-in and managing research projects. These elements are a guarantee of VISTAC success.
A low weight, low cost, high reliability and maintainability optimized multiposition valve will be developed for the needs of future generation of halon free fire extinguishing systems using a common On Board Inert Gas Generation (OBIGGS) with the fuel tank inerting system.
State of the art knowledge of the partners in valves technologies will be associated with the development of a new generation of electromechanical actuator using thermal effects. Heat generated by electrical signal is converted into mechanical force and stroke by the mean of Shape Memory Alloys elements or thermostatic wax elements developed in the ATHT project already ongoing in Equip’Aero Technique R&T department.
The valve developed will be matured to TRL6 and will be ready for manufacturing to TRL6.
Topic leader and partners may then be able to propose for further certification on an optimized fire extinguishing system with reduced environmental footprint incorporating a smart multiposition valve.
EU industrials and environment shall greatly benefit from this study, thanks to a strong dissemination plan and a wide communication strategy.