A new clamping technology has been developed by the Department for Transport to improve fuel line stability, reduce fuel loss and reduce the chances of a fuel line cracking or bursting.
The technology uses a series of large, thin steel rods that hold a plastic ring that can be removed to open the fuel line, allowing it to pass over the valve.
This new clamp was developed by Rolls-Royce and is used in some of its aircraft.
It is part of the wider £1.6bn upgrade of fuel lines to the UK.
The new technology involves a series, each of which holds a small diameter ring, which is then removed from the clamp, allowing the fuelline to pass through.
It works by using a series that are made from carbon fibre and are much stronger than the old design, so can be easily fitted onto aircrafts.
“We know the new clamp is much more durable, and can hold a higher pressure than the older design,” said Steve Gillett, project manager at Rolls-Rothschild, the engineering firm behind the clamp.
“It has the capacity to hold up to 5,000 litres, so we know that it can hold up for a long time.”
A further £300,000 was also spent on a new safety system, called a counter-rotating damper system.
This is used to keep the fuel lines flowing, and stops them from cracking when the aircraft is in a high-speed landing.
The safety system is a bit of a departure from the previous clamping systems, but is a good fit for the wider aircrafts fleet.
Rolls-RBG has also spent about £350,000 on a £20m redesign of its engine supply line, which allows it to carry more fuel for the aircraft and lower its fuel burn, which should improve fuel efficiency.
The fuel system also features a number of improvements.
It now uses a system that helps the engine produce more thrust, reducing fuel loss.
It also allows the fuel flow to be reduced by up to 50%, so the aircraft can fly longer without needing to change fuel.
Another significant improvement is a new fuel pressure control system that will reduce the amount of pressure needed to raise the engine in order to make it start and shut the engine.
This means that the aircraft will start in a lower engine power mode, and shut down with less fuel.
It will also reduce the time needed to shut down the engine, and will make the aircraft much more manoeuvrable in a dive.
“The engine is now able to operate in a much more stable manner and in a more controlled way, which will make it much more able to manoeuvre in a situation where there is no engine and no engine start,” said Mr Gilletti.
The aircrafts new fuel line technology is part a wider £500m upgrade of the fuel system to the British air force, which was approved last week by the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson.
The government said the fuel systems programme is now “a key part of enhancing the safety of UK aviation”.
“This programme will ensure we are able to keep British aviation safe and efficient, while delivering a more effective and secure fleet,” said the Defence Minister, Gavin Hand.
“As the world moves to cleaner, more efficient aircraft engines, it is critical that our fuel supply systems are up to the task of supporting the current fleet.”
The UK has an ageing fleet of aircraft, which includes the RAF, which retired from the air force in 2021.
It has also had to retire many of its fighter jets, which can be used to carry out air strikes, and a number older attack helicopters.
“In the long-term, this is about saving lives, reducing the cost of defence, improving air safety and ensuring we have the capability to respond in a crisis,” said Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Mike Harris.
The RAF has been running a programme of upgrades and maintenance, which has seen the fleet ageing by 10 years.
This programme was recently reviewed and approved by the Government, which aims to keep aircraft in service until 2026.
A spokesman for the Royal Air Force said the programme had not been made up.
“I am happy to see that the government is taking this seriously and has committed to ensuring that all the RAF aircraft will be ready to fly by 2026,” said a spokesman.
“This includes the maintenance and upgrades required to keep all our aircraft flying for decades to come.”
Rolls-royal’s latest aircraft, the Cessna Citation, is being used in the Royal Navy’s Sea King helicopter fleet.
The company has been investing heavily in new aircraft, such as the new RQ-18 Hawker Hunter and the RQ44 Sea Hawk, which it says are better suited to the new role of high-altitude aircraft.
Rolls Royce has also invested heavily in the aircrafts engines, and has been building a new version of its twin-engine turbofan engine for the RAF.