Aerospace Tube & Duct Fabrication
Airframe and Engine Conveyance, and Engine Build-Up Systems
United Flexible provides solutions in engine and airframe conveyance, for jet engine and airframe manufacturers. We have worked closely with these partners to ensure our engineered products satisfy their reliability requirements. Our aerospace product solutions include:
- Extreme vibration and G-loading capability
- Sophisticated alloy materials resistant to engine exhaust gases and high stress
- The safe transfer of cryogenic gases within rocket stages
- Long lasting actuation sensing flexible devices
- Ease of flow in hydraulic actuation with the use of fluoropolymer hose assemblies
Galley and Lavatory Tube Assemblies
Where applications call for the use of light weight rigid tube assemblies, look to the experts in Titanium bending and welding; equipped with welded quick disconnect fittings and directional flow markings. Whatever your need, we can solve your problem. Tubes and Duct – .250” to 3” diameter.
United Flexible’s tubes are manufactured from high strength alloys, designed to handle the vibration and to assure safe repeatability. While working directly with OEM’s, United Flexible has developed decades of experience in supplying flawless orbital welded tubes for hydraulic retracting mechanisms, bleed hose, and braking systems. United Flexible has built proven and robust systems & processes to ensure that your requirements are met, each and every time.
APU (Auxiliary Power Unit)
Tube Assemblies are needed on every aircraft within the APU to provide power when not in flight for the electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Built by United Flexible, these tubes protect wiring, carry fluids, deliver air under pressure, or exhaust air. Manufactured using high temperature and strength alloys of Inconel and titanium, we provide NADCAP accredited brazed and welded assemblies up to 3.00” diameter.
United Flexible manufactures multi-port fuel manifolds for diffuser case primary and afterburner fuel delivery systems. Our commercial and military experience spans the use of various high strength / high temperature alloys; from Stainless steel to high temp nickel to titanium. Our design for manufacture experience can solve all of your exacting joining needs; from machine orbital or manual welding to vacuum furnace brazing in precious alloys.
Oil Transfer Tubes
United Flexible’s experience in engineering and fabricating hot section tube assemblies makes us the perfect choice to solve your oil transfer needs. Whether for oil delivery or scavenge we can provide you with options to fit your needs; be it the use of insulation products or shielded high temp metal alloys. Our state-of-the-art hydro-forming process and laser machining capabilities brings endless configuration options to the table. Kreisler will work with you to bring reliable manufacturing process solutions to your production needs. Heated treated alloys – our NADCAP heat treating capabilities will be the solution to this demanding need.
Unison (Synchronizing) Rings
With today’s demanding needs for high strength, high reliability, and weight reduction products, United Flexible can answer your needs with our formed tube capabilities. This was the answer to the variable compressor vane actuation system. Let us work with you to bring similar results to your next application. Our state of the art 5 axis machine centers with in place measurement capability brings your ideas to a deliverable product.
Engine Bleed Air Ducts
Bleed Air Ducting configurations can bring challenges to the tube fabricating process. Transferring high pressure / high temperature air on engine or within the EBU system requires expertise in forming and bending high temp alloys. With United Flexible’s state-of-the-art hydroforming and laser machining processes we can connect your conveyance lines with complex sheet metal configurations. Our welding expertise in high temp nickel and heat treatable alloys brings these all these configurations together.
Hydraulic Actuation Lines
Hydraulic tube assemblies are a critical part of the actuation systems throughout an aircraft. The Thrust Reverser Actuation System within the nacelle of the engine has one of the most complex network of hydraulic lines. Working with and fabricating these small diameter, high pressure and thin wall tubes into a bending scheme with critical joining requires the expertise that United Flexible has acquired over years of service to their customers. Many of the applications require mechanical joining where qualification and performance testing are paramount.
The Fire suppression system within an aircraft requires a fire detection and monitoring system. The engine compartment (nacelle) houses a thermal sensor monitoring system that uses a network of tube assemblies clamping fasteners for mounting on the inner walls of the nacelle. United Flexible has the experience in CNC bending, joining, and sensor wire clamping that you require for this critical application.
Bleed Air Ducting configurations can bring challenges the tube fabricating process. Transferring high pressure / high temperature air from engine to airframe starts within the nacelle system. These connection lines require expertise in forming and bending stainless steel and high temp alloys. With United Flexible’s state-of-the-art hydroforming and laser machining processes we can connect your conveyance lines with complex sheet metal configurations. Our welding expertise in high temp nickel and heat treatable alloys brings these all these configurations together.
These tube assemblies are a critical component designed to keep ice from building up on the engine intakes. United Flexible fabricates these tube assemblies, in close tolerance, to deliver hot air flow to the engine nacelle, this hot bleed air keeps the surface temperature of the engine inlets above freezing temperature ensuring the nacelle’s performance.