To maintain an aircraft’s in-service life and keep it safe and operational, care needs to be taken to follow a programme of cleaning and maintenance.
Aeroplanes are made from a combination of alloys and materials that are prone to erosion over time. In normal, day to day operations, the amount of contamination an aircraft is exposed to is overwhelming. If these contaminants are left, they will lead to the slow destruction of the metals through erosion. For this reason, regular aircraft cleaning & recoating are essential to maintain the integrity of the materials and surface treatments.
As well as damaging the body of the aircraft and its components, layers of contamination can equate to a significant amount of extra weight, especially on larger aircraft, that will result in drag. This increases fuel consumption, minimising the efficiency of the engine and costing the asset manager significantly more. The fuel inefficiency also adds a negative impact on the environment that can easily be avoided by maintaining the integrity of your aircraft through cleaning.
Furthermore, in the most part, aircraft engines like those found in Boing, Airbus, and even military planes, use the gas turbine. A gas turbine blades like those found in the compressor and turbine, are best cleaned using dry ice.
Traditionally, aircraft have been cleaned using a combination of water, detergents and solvents. This resulted in toxic waste products being washed into river systems and the environment, leading to toxic build up that damaged the ecosystem.
Environmentally-friendly alternatives such as dry Ice cleaning gives a fast, efficient and thorough clean without producing any kind of pollutant bi-product. Nor does it cause problems for the operators or damage the surface of the aircraft in any way, and it’s sufficiently gentle to be used on electrical components.
CryoGen's comprehensive cleaning and surface preparation solutions allow you to regularly maintain your aircraft without compromising its integrity or the health of the environment around it. Further to the cleaning or surface preparation, CryoGen are experts in the inspection and application of special epoxy coatings used specifically for these marvels of the sky.