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Electric combination breaks the ice

Ice build-up on aircraft can lead to loss of control and loss of life. Building on 50 years’ experience in ice protection, recent research into ultra-low power de-icing systems helped us beat the industry favourites to lead a €6 million European Union research project.

Our existing solution cuts 50% of the energy consumed by a traditional bleed air system. We’ve now got a 90% reduction in our sights.

Braking news

We are the only experienced total braking system supplier worldwide. With 60+ tonnes coming into land at 200 mph, brake temperatures can soar up to 2,000ºC—hotter than a space shuttle on re-entry—and if a wheel locks for more than a second, the tyre will blow. Yet thousands of aircraft all around the world land safely on Meggitt wheels and brakes every day.

More air pushing the blade, less going around it

Sounds like a simple brief, but it’s taken 30 years and the most advanced sensors in the world to deliver it.

Using a unique application of microwave sensing, we can now tell clearance control systems how far to shrink the gap between turbine tip and fan casing to within 0.25mm of blade contact.

The result? 1% increase in fuel efficiency, 10% reduction in noxious emissions.

This is Pluto calling

Back in 2005, we shipped an order of cabling from California. 10 years and three billion miles later, the first images of Pluto captured by the New Horizons space probe were beaming back to Earth through its wires. Lightweight and proven in the harshest temperatures, Meggitt’s silicon-dioxide insulated communication cabling can be found on almost every extreme environment platform.

Mission-critical measurement

Our sensors have been prized by flight test engineers on every major military aircraft since 1947. The Joint Strike Fighter is no exception.

Tiny variable capacitance accelerometers pepper its hot surfaces. They are able to compensate for temperature-related errors occurring between, say, vibration measurement at room temperature and 105˚C at the speed of sound.

The global error is below 2.5%—a remarkable achievement for a commercial production unit.

Saving sight, treating cancer

Piezoceramic components developed by Meggitt in Denmark are at the heart of a new medical technology for treating glaucoma and hard-to-reach cancer tumours.

High intensity focused ultrasound, as it’s known, creates a very high energy density which can target and heat tissue with great accuracy.

A two-minute procedure can reduce the pressure on the optic nerve within the eyeball that causes blindness in glaucoma—a disease that affects 60 million people worldwide.