Aircraft & Aerospace

Dry Ice blasting for the Aircraft & Aerospace Industry can reduce your cleaning time up to 80%

As a result of dry ice blasting, Aerospace/Aviation companies have been able to reduce their cleaning costs by as much as 400%. Dry ice cleaning is faster and less damaging to delicate tooling surfaces than traditional cleaning methods. It is ideal for cleaning burnt carbon deposits, engine exhausts, wheel wells and adhesives from floor panels of aircraft.

Dry Ice blasting can be used as a preparation for repainting or simply to maintain equipment without the electrical problems typically associated with traditional methods. The cleaning of moulds while they are still hot and in the press clears vents and allows curing to commence within minutes of starting the cleaning process.

Tow hitches, landing gear systems, engine bay covers and other components can be cleaned rapidly without disassembly. Brake dust and other soils and residues can be removed during restoration, overhaul and maintenance creating dramatic savings in man-hours and hazardous materials.

Cleaning aircraft cargo bays with Dry Ice blasting is fast and efficient. It can reach all areas, and does not need a drying time or secondary cleaning or wipe down. Grease, oil and dirt are removed at the same time, without damage to electrical wires, switches and motors.

Dry Ice blasting of aircraft radomes is a simple and effective way to remove paint, stencil marking and other unwanted materials from the surface without damaging the radomes. Dry Ice blast cleaning can be accomplished in place or in the repair area.

Dry ice blasting technology has been approved for use on critical flight parts.

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No waste disposal

Costs connected with the disposal of hazardous chemicals or solvents are saved because dry ice vaporises on contact with the surface being treated. Only the dislodged coating material must be removed from beneath the treated object.

References:

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric Aircraft Engine, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell Aircraft Landing Systems & Raytheon Have used this equipment to remove carbonaceous deposits on aircraft and missile support systems as the first step of a paint-stripping process. Dry Ice is an important part of the process because not only does it remove these deposits, but it also cools the surface being cleaned, which would otherwise be warped by over-heating during the subsequent stages.