Electronics & Sensors
Electronic components and sensors are often exposed to harsh environmental conditions inside an aircraft. Depending on the location of an electronic component or sensor, extreme temperatures, oil, humidity or vibrations are common examples of these conditions. In particular, prevalent temperature fluctuations can lead to condensation in various locations,and sensitive electronic components and sensors must be protected from condensation water.
Similar to other vehicles in the transportation sector, airplanes are increasingly utilizing sensors as well as other electronic systems for all types of diagnostic situations are being used to enhance its safety features. For instance, proximity sensors are used to monitor the proper closing and opening of aircraft doors and landing gear.
Miniaturization and weight reduction of electronic components are other key trends. Here it is important that existing and additional electronic equipment takes up as little space and adds as little weight as possible. Therefore, the use of lightweight materials is becoming increasingly popular.