Aero-engines fly high with Amphenol Titanium HTC connectors
Aero-engines provide one of the harshest environments for connectors and interconnection systems. This precludes the use of standard plated aluminium alloy connectors and has led to the use of stainless steel as standard. Steel provides excellent strength and temperature stability but is significantly heavier than aluminium and this is a disadvantage in an application where weight is a significant factor.
To address this issue, Amphenol Titanium HTC connectors from Astute Electronics are based on EN2997 and have been designed to meet the requirements of Rolls-Royce specifications ESC20 and ESC21. Titanium offers comparable performance to stainless steel but is significantly lighter leading to an approximate 30 per cent weight saving on assembled connectors.
To develop this range of connectors, Amphenol has invested in turning centres in the UK, improving processing methods and set-ups to reduce machining run-times.
Available in shell sizes 08 to 24, the HTC titanium connectors are in full production and are extensively used on major civil aerospace engine programmes.