The defence industry has been an early adopter of AM (Additive Manufacturing). Its ability to decentralise manufacturing in an operational theatre combined with the ability to design, develop and produce components in an expedited timeframe makes AM technology a key enabler for defence forces around the world.
AM can also support defence in the ongoing maintenance of legacy platforms. Many defence platforms operate well beyond the anticipated life expected by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and shift into a legacy platform mode where subsystems become obsolete and unsupported.
With AM, previously unrepairable components or parts no longer in production can be repaired or produced to extend the life of these systems.
Defence projects have their own unique set of challenges that need to be overcome including operational environments, reliability and servicing. The Conflux team has extensive experience in developing solutions for customers that take advantage of the freedoms AM provides and applying it to unique heat transfer challenges.
AM enables Conflux to develop conformal designs with a more efficient use of space and flexible packaging options for our heat exchange products. Traditionally, the parts within a platform that generate heat are often hard to reposition.
We have successfully developed creative solutions with conformal shapes incorporating these parts to allow for an increase in thermal loads with the most efficient use of the packaging volume available.
By designing solutions that integrate at a system level, Conflux is able to combine neighbouring parts and fixing.
This consolidation of part numbers leads to a simplification the bill of materials, a reduction in sub assembly lead time and over and overall increase in production efficiency.
Conflux designs provide superior performance when compared against traditional manufactured heat exchangers due to the inherent freedoms of AM. Conflux designs three dimensional surface geometries that evolve along the fluid paths ensuring the best overall coefficient of heat transfer. This leads to more heat exchange with reduced pressure drop.
Bringing together the right blend of design, simulation and AM experience has allowed Conflux to develop solution with significant weight reduction as well as improved heat transfer performance. We have seen this is as a key driver to the adoption of AM technologies across the defence sector and we strive to develop solution to allow customers to achieve the weight reduction goals.
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