Aviation & Aerospace Applications

Ultra-thin Parylene coating film can withstand extreme conditions such as condensation, salt fog and spray, penetrating dust, freezing air, and even atmospheric conditions at 30,000 plus altitudes. Parylene conformal coatings by Advanced Coating offer superior penetration, insulation and barrier properties, as well as high frequency (RF) stability and high thermal protection making Parylene the preferred coating of top tier aviation and aerospace companies.

Whether your aerospace or aviation components will be exposed to sub-zero conditions, chemicals, solvents, or moisture, our Parylene coatings can meet the environmental challenges. We offer innovative and customized dimer and application technology to match your specifications and are trusted for our high-quality products, services, and capabilities to complete critical projects on time.

Top Challenges in Aerospace Applications

With the aerospace industry growing at a rapid pace, new needs quickly emerge--and with them, new challenges for building and travel projects. Top issues include:

  • Complexity. Aerospace travel is more complicated and complex than ever before, and so too are the elements configured and built for this purpose. Projects require more work, faster outcomes, and more reliable results, and some coating methods simply can't keep up.
  • Air bubbles. One of the biggest problems with conformal coatings in aerospace applications is the possibility of air bubbles, which could interrupt functionality and even circuitry failure.
  • Protection. Individual parts and electrical components must be completely protected from the extreme environment of space. Some conformal coatings don't provide this protection, leaving pinholes or uneven coverage--especially on multi-layered objects or surfaces with unusual shapes and crevices.
  • Stakes. In aerospace travel, the stakes are incredibly high. Even small failures could endanger human lives, and damage to just one part or component could equal millions or billions of dollars in necessary repairs.

Fortunately, there's one answer to all these problems and more: Parylene.

Important Parylene Benefits for Aerospace Projects

Parylene is unique among conformal coatings. Its vacuum deposition process, pinhole-free coverage and unmatched chemical characteristics make it a particularly reliable choice, even in extreme conditions and environments.

Here are just a few things that make Parylene particularly valuable for aerospace applications:

  • Ultra-Thin, Smooth, and Truly Conformal.
  • Optically Clear.
  • Controllable Thicknesses.
  • Chemically Inert.
  • Allows for Thermal Expansion Mismatch.
  • Resistant to Chemicals, Solvents, Fuel, Moisture, Gases, Fumes, Corrosion, and Harsh Environmental Conditions.
  • No Stress or Lengthy Curing Cycles--Ready for Instant Use.
  • Hydrophobic--Repels Water.
  • Meets NASA-STD-8739.

Parylene in Action

Flight deck controls, LED displays, nanotech, even deep space vision systems--these applications are critical for success in aerospace travel, and all can rely on Parylene for protection and durability.

Here's how Parylene is being used in the field:

1. Thermal Stability

Aerospace devices undergo a lot of stress. Parylene has strong thermal stability and can thus be used for the cockpit, engine management, flight control, and sensor systems. Parylene is vital for these areas because it can help produce true and undistorted signals for wireless devices, as well as in navigation and radar systems.

2. Radiation Protection

Being exposed over a long span of time to high energy UV radiation can cause damage to surfaces, leading to possible malfunction of equipment, such as electrical, light-generating LED in the planes. Recently developed high-temperature, UV-stable parylene formulations can mitigate the UV degradation to aircraft LED-lighting, thus preventing LED from turning to yellow and surface discoloration from extensive UV radiation exposure.

3. Communications and Electronics

Electronics within aerospace devices are subject to extreme temperatures and vibrations. There is also the risk of contaminants such as chemicals and environmental threats like dirt and dust accumulating on the electronics. Parylene is thin and covers all cracks, so it does not interfere with the functionality of the device. Electronics that may require parylene are navigation boards and flight control panels.

4. External Operations

Aircraft wing and tail applications are subject to rapidly changing environments that can not be controlled by pilots. These extreme atmospheric changes require increased security that can be provided by parylene conformal coatings. Parylene is high in strength, low in permeability, and is resistant to temperature extremes, making it an excellent choice.

Advanced Coating – Your Partner for Critical Coating Applications

With over 30 years of experience designing solutions for critical flight applications and using Parylene conformal coating, our engineers are ready to review your project and create a custom optical thin film coating that meets your project specifications.

Contact Us today to discuss your next coating project.

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