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Explains the fuel system of the Boeing 777‐200 aircraft. Looks at the system’s features, the fuel feed, the fuel jettison and the flight deck displays in terms of the fuel system.
Explains the development of an ultrasonic fuel gauging system by Smiths Industries in response to Boeing’s desire for a system which offers greater reliability. Looks at components and considerations and discusses current developments.
Vertical Aviation Technologies has designed a five‐bladed helicopter rotor that makes one‐third less noise than conventional three‐bladed helicopters. To gain FAA approval, Vertical Aviation Technologies had to prove that stresses on the five blades were equal to, or less than, those on a...
Guidelines for making a wise choice when selecting high temperature alloys are provided. Four groups of alloys are discussed, along with helpful selection criteria. Substantial benefits accrue from contemporary alloy manufacturing techniques. Process databases and state‐of‐the‐art forging...
Lasers are currently the technological flavour of the month. The dazzling versatility of light at work tends to blind the onlooker both in its deficiencies and the availability of credible alternatives. This paper compares laser cutting and plasma cutting technologies. It concludes that careful...
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