LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research report released by Technavio, the market size of the global process automation and instrumentation market is predicted to reach close to USD 4 billion in revenue by 2020.
This research report titled ‘Global Aviation Actuation Systems Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
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“Growing connectivity and enhanced mobile technologies are helping IT solutions penetrate every aspect of airline operations, including maintenance and engineering as well as ground and in-flight operations. For instance, the use of hydraulic and electric actuators has permitted aerodynamic improvements and innovations that were impossible using conventional materials. These innovations not only reduce fuel usage but also enhance range and payload capabilities that help in carrying additional passengers and cargo,” said Abhay Singh, a lead aerospace research analyst for Technavio.
This research report segments the global aviation actuation systems market by the following systems:
Largest contributor: Hydraulic segment of the global aviation actuation market
The global hydraulic actuators market was valued at around USD 1.22 billion in 2015 and the report forecasts the market to reach close to USD 1.51 billion by 2020. In narrow-body and regional aircrafts, hydraulic actuation systems are used to operate wheel brakes, retractable landing gear, and constant-speed propellers. They are also used for flight control surfaces, wing flaps, and spoilers on wide-body aircrafts. Throughout the 20th century, the use of these actuators has increased with the growing demand for aircrafts. Their ability to deliver high power without consuming too much space or weight has significantly helped pilots in undertaking necessary mechanical tasks using less amount of energy.
These systems do not operate on electricity, limiting the chances of a shock or fire hazard, thereby making them safer than other equivalent systems. The primary advantage offered by such actuators is that they can handle tremendous amount of workload due to the immense force they produce.
Second largest market: The electric actuators segment
With the increasing demand for aircraft performance optimization, MEAs (more electric aircrafts) are being developed to reduce operating costs and gas emissions. MEAs enable utilization of electric power for all non-propulsive systems. Traditionally, these systems were driven by a fusion of different secondary sources of energy such as hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electricity. Rapid technological advances in power electronics, electro-hydrostatic actuators, flight control systems, high-density electric motors, power generation, fault-tolerant architecture, and conversion systems have led to the development of MEA.
The shift toward electric aircrafts involve replacement of hydraulic and pneumatic actuators with electrical actuation systems, which significantly increases the power of electricity generation and distribution systems. Increased R&D in programs such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner have enabled a radically transformed onboard energy chain that is based on electrical systems. Many similar developments are expected to accelerate the growth of this market until 2020.
Global pneumatic actuators market
Pneumatic servoactuation is an alternative to mechanical and hydraulic actuation for few low-power applications. In this scenario, compressed gas is used to power a high-performance servoactuation system, which is a low-cost alternative to other actuation technologies.
Earlier, few aircrafts were equipped with a high-pressure pneumatic system (3,000 psi). Fokker F27, a turboprop aircraft designed and built by the defunct Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker, was the last aircraft that used this system. These systems operate similarly to hydraulic systems, except that they use air instead of liquid for power transmission.
In addition, pneumatic systems are used in brakes for opening and closing doors, driving hydraulic pumps, alternators, starters, water injection pumps, and operating emergency devices.
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