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Parker Chosen to Develop Hydraulic and Fuel Systems for Bombardier CSeries

5th September 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that its Parker Aerospace segment has been chosen by Bombardier Aerospace to design and produce the fully integrated hydraulic and fuel systems for its new CSeries family of aircraft. The company estimates that the contracts will generate approximately $1.2 billion in revenues over the life of the program.

"We are proud to support Bombardier Aerospace and this exciting new program," said Bob Barker, president of Parker Aerospace and executive vice president and operating officer of Parker Hannifin. "We have been providing Bombardier with system solutions for over a decade, supporting the Global Express, Q400, and CRJ platforms. We look forward to working with this important customer on the new CSeries aircraft. What's more, these significant contract wins will contribute to Parker's continued growth."

Fuel system

Parker Aerospace's fluid management and control systems organization in Irvine, California, will design the fuel system for the CSeries aircraft. Product design and manufacture will be completed by Parker's Air & Fuel Division, Electronic Systems, and Nichols Airborne Divisions.

The fluid mechanical equipment includes the control valves for fuel and emergency shutoff, isolation, and venting of air in and out of the aircraft fuel tanks. This equipment will provide multiple functions for the aircraft's fuel system, including refueling and defueling, transfer, engine feed, and fuel tank venting. During aircraft operation, the pumps transfer fuel from tank to tank and supply the fuel to the engines.

The fuel measurement system gauges the fuel quantity in the tanks located in the aircraft's wings and fuselage, as well as the fuel management system, which monitors the distribution of fuel while commanding pumps and valves in the fuel system to provide refuel and fuel transfer.

"Parker is very excited to be a part of the new CSeries airliner and looks forward to providing Bombardier Aerospace with the fuel systems for this family of next-generation aircraft," said Greg Crowe, Air & Fuel Division Vice President and General Manager. "This is a significant award for Parker and is aligned with our strategy to provide complete systems for our customers."

Hydraulic system

The hydraulic system will be designed and manufactured by Parker's Hydraulic Systems Division in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The hydraulic system provides the functions necessary to power and control the aircraft's flight control system, landing gear and steering system, thrust-reverser and variable-area nozzle system. This is the Parker Hydraulic Systems Division's fifth major hydraulic system platform to be jointly developed with Bombardier Aerospace.

Major system hardware elements include engine-driven pumps, VFAC-motor- driven pumps, a power transfer unit, reservoirs, accumulators, and filtration. Additionally, Parker will provide ancillary equipment, including heat exchangers, various sensors, valves, and quick-disconnect couplings.

Parker Aerospace Hydraulic Systems Division Vice President and General Manager Greg Bierlein commented, "We are honored to have been selected to provide our fifth complete hydraulic system for Bombardier and are excited to be a part of the CSeries and this growing mid-range aircraft market."

As the systems provider, Parker is responsible for architecture development, system sizing and analysis, equipment development and qualification, and integration testing that supports overall aircraft certification.

Fly-by-wire flight control system

As previously announced under separate contracts, Parker has been selected as the exclusive supplier of fly-by-wire flight control systems for a period of ten years for all new Bombardier widebody aircraft programs requiring this technology. Parker Aerospace will develop a complete, state-of-the-art, generic fly-by-wire system from stick to surface, that will then be customized and manufactured for separate aircraft programs, starting with the CSeries aircraft. Parker estimates that this has the potential to generate revenues of US $3.5 billion over the life of the programs.

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