Air compressors support a broad range of critical functions for the aerospace sector ranging from fuel injection to metal finishing. Compressors are also a critical element in manufacturing quality control, where they help to simulate the pressures that aircraft components will endure while in flight.
Aeronautical engineers rely on air compressors for a wide variety of applications at nearly all phases of production. As such, the selection of high-quality compressors is essential to operational success for many different functions of the aerospace sector.
Aerospace Air Compressors Applications
Manufacturers of aircraft components must prevent contamination. Common air compressors may mix air with lubricants, presenting a significant contamination risk for applications that require purity.
This risk can be eliminated through the use of oil-free compressors, which see frequent use in a variety of clean rooms and manufacturing facilities for this purpose. Meanwhile, lubricated compressors still play a vital role in less demanding applications throughout the aerospace industry.
Common air compressor aerospace applications include:
- Potable water supply on commercial aircraft
- Air separation
- Electronics and galley cooling
- Sampling and analysis of gases
- Radioactive, toxic and costly gas processing
- Semiconductor process gas handling
- Oxygen and nitrogen generation
- Waveguide dehydration and pressurization
- Vacuum waste systems
- General military use
- Weapons systems development
- Aircraft engine manufacturing
- Structural testing of wings
- Compressed air supply for bench testing
- Ground support equipment
Aerospace Air Compressors from Compressed Air Systems
Compressed Air Systems offers a full product line of air compressors specifically designed to meet the demands of the aerospace industry. The two primary types of air compressors for these applications include rotary screw air compressors and reciprocating air compressors.
- Rotary Screw Air Compressors
When continuous use of large air volumes at higher pressures is common, rotary air compressors provide an optimal solution. The continuous sweeping motion of the compressor also eliminates the pulsation or surging of airflow.
- Reciprocating Air Compressors
Intermittent-use applications favor reciprocating compressors. Also known as a piston compressor, these units utilize the energy put into them very efficiently and tend to last longer. However, the reciprocating motion of the pistons produces pulses and surges in airflow that may be undesirable for some applications.
Oil-Free or Lubricated
Our oil-free compressors provide an ideal solution for demanding aerospace applications such as breathable air systems, engine startup, automatic tool changes, and aircraft manufacturing. For less demanding uses, our standard lubricated compressors feature advanced filtration and air/fluid separation systems to reduce the risk of damage to sensitive equipment and provide greater peace of mind to users.
Air compressors play a vital role in a broad range of applications within the aerospace industry. Dependable, contaminant-free air compression contributes to the safe operation and optimal performance of equipment produced by the aerospace sector.
Compressed Air Systems provides quality air compressors for a wide range of aerospace applications. Contact us to discuss our line of air compressors and how they can support your aerospace project.