LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest market research report on the global commercial aircraft turbine fuel injection component market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
The growth of the global commercial aircraft turbine fuel injection component market is driven by the demand for fuel-efficient aircraft, coupled with the increasing global air traffic. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of commercial aircraft are actively involved in the development of new-generation aircraft that will consume less fuel and will have decreased emissions.
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The top three emerging market trends driving the global commercial aircraft turbine fuel injection component market according to Technavio research analysts are:
- Emergence of 3D-printed engine components
- Use of ceramic composites
- Increasing PMA grants
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Emergence of 3D-printed engine components
Government contractors and agencies are using 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to improve the quality and accessibility of sophisticated products. For instance, GE Aviation manufactures aircraft engine parts using the 3D printing technique. Its jointly developed CFM LEAP engines use 3D-printed fuel nozzles. These parts are lighter in weight, simpler in design, and possess high durability. 3D-printed nozzles are 25% lighter than those made using conventional techniques. The number of parts has also reduced for fuel nozzles from 18 to one.
“3D printing technology enables the manufacture of exact fit of components, which can be made of any size and shape as required, thereby, ensuring enhanced engine performance. It is emerging as an alternative to the conventional manufacturing process for smaller components in an aircraft engine. GE is also using this technology for developing parts for the GE9X engines that are operational on Boeing 777X,” says Ramyabrata Chakraborty, a lead analyst at Technavio for aerospace components research.
Use of ceramic composites
Aero-engine component manufacturers are developing composite-based parts, which are lighter, stronger, and have greater shape and size freedom than metals. These materials improve the efficiency and durability of the components. The ceramic fibers are lightweight with their thermal expansion almost zero. They can resist high temperatures of and have higher fatigue and corrosion resistance than metal parts.
CFM International and GE are the leaders in manufacturing composite components. LEAP engine is equipped with parts made up of composite materials, which leads to an overall improvement in fuel consumption. LEAP engines are used in Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX and are gaining huge popularity in the aviation industry. More than 35 LEAP -1A engines have been delivered in 2016, with orders for more than 9,500.
Increasing PMA grants
A parts manufacturer approval (PMA) part is an approved replacement component used as a substitute for the OEM product. The parts are generally manufactured under the FAA design and production approval process and tend to avoid the monopoly of OEMs in the aircraft replacement parts market. Aircraft operators are constantly seeking ways to achieve cost savings, and these PMA parts help in terms of sustainability. They reflect cost-effectiveness in the range of 30%-50% owing to their availability and several design improvements. The primary reason for the price difference is the high investment of OEMs in the manufacturing of aircraft and their strategy to attain a quicker return on investments through the aftermarket.
“OEMs aim to offer solutions at a more cost-effective way than third parties by offering complete repair packages for entire systems and other parts for a single, discounted rate. This nullifies the chances of acquiring the component-by-component servicing cost by the airlines and comparing the prices offered by a PMA,” says Ramyabrata.
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