Eurofighter build contract

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "Eurofighter build contract", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 4.



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Eurofighter build contract

Eurofighter build contract

Keyword: TW Metals

Hydraulics system tubes and CryoFit shape memory alloy fittings for the front fuselage hydraulics and wing tip cooling systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon are being supplied to the European partners and their subcontractors by TW Metals Ltd of Southampton (Plate 7).

The value of the contract is not disclosed but a total of nine different sizes of cold drawn, metric, seamless, titanium alloy tubes, manufactured by TW Metals sister company, Fine Tubes Ltd of Plymouth are being produced for a minimum of 700 aircraft. TW Metals will supply from stock, maintained at their Southampton factory, guaranteeing "life of project" support for the Eurofighter programme. The contract award fulfils a key criterion of selecting qualified producers within the partner nations.

Plate 7TW Metals Ltd is supplying tubes and fittings to the European partners of the Eurofighter Typhoon

The seamless titanium alloy SAL 2.5V tubes are being supplied in an outside diameter range from 6mm to 28mm and in 0.5mm to 1.5mm wall thickness to specification AECMA EN3120.

CryoFit couplings are manufactured from Tinel, a nickel titanium alloy with shape memory characteristics. They are manufactured by Aerofit Products Inc. of California and distributed exclusively and world-wide through TW Metals Ltd.

Details available from: TW Metals Ltd. Tel: +44 (0) 23 8073 9333; Fax: +44 (0) 23 8073 9601.

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