LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest report on the global aircraft smoke detection and fire extinguishing system 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 global aircraft smoke detectors and fire extinguishing system market will likely experience a linear growth during the forecast period owing to the increasing number of aircraft numbers globally. As FPS form the essentials for an aircraft to be certified fit for entering service, it is evident that the market will register a corresponding growth with the aircraft fleet number going up. Also, the building materials and structures of modern-day aircraft are highly susceptible to fire breakout, which calls for robust and adequate fire suppression systems (FSS) on board.
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The top three emerging trends driving the global aircraft smoke detection and fire extinguishing system market according to Technavio aerospace and defense research analysts are:
- Implementation of fiber optics to prevent fire hazards on board
- Use of environmentally viable fire extinguishing system
- Integration of carbon monoxide sensors in smoke detectors
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Implementation of fiber optics to prevent fire hazards on board
The use of fiber optics in aircraft temperature-sensing applications is expected to influence the global aircraft smoke detection and fire extinguishing systems market. An optical smoke alarm or a photoelectric smoke alarm operates based on the light scattering principle. The alarm usually consists of a pulsed infrared LED that projects a beam of light into the sensor chamber in frequent intervals to detect smoke particles.
“The Sensors & Integrated Systems Kidde Aerospace and Defense business of UTC Aerospace Systems innovated an optical fiber-enabled sensing technology with an exclusive license from the UK-based Smart Fibres. The aircraft overheat protection systems that are enabled with the fiber optic technology will allow precise measurement and monitoring of temperature across parts, such as aircraft bleed air ducts and control valves, which are vulnerable to fire hazards,” says Avimanyu Basu, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on aerospace components.
Use of environmentally viable fire extinguishing system
A considerable number of public-funded projects have been directed toward enhancing fire safety in passenger aircraft. For example, the FIREDETEX project funded by the European Commission, as a part of the FP5 Framework program, focuses on the development and implementation of an environmentally sustainable FSS that will align with the sustainability standards of the new-age jetliners.
“Conventional fire suppression technologies focus significantly on terminating the chemical reactions that occur as a part of the combustion process. Flames can be represented as cold plasmas, and to develop a technology for extinguishing such flames, DARPA initiated a new research directed toward quantifying the interaction of electromagnetic and acoustic waves with the plasma in a flame,” adds Avimanyu.
Integration of carbon monoxide sensors in smoke detectors
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in Freiburg, Germany, developed a sensor technology that detects fire with the carbon monoxide and not by smoke. Also, the alarm can be set off by nitrogen dioxide, which is produced later during the fire. Integration of such sensors in the smoke detection system in aircraft can considerably improve the safety factor of the overall jetliner.
However, carbon monoxide sensors are not cost effective and require high initial cost and energy consumption. An alternative to these sensors are the semiconductor gas sensors, but they cannot differentiate between different gases. The sensor developed by the IPM researchers, on the other hand, responds to carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide only.
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