Categories: Aerospace and Defence
The main purpose of aircraft lightning protection is to absorb the electric field that leaves or enters the plane when lightning hits. Lightning is most likely to strike the wingtips, nose, engine cowlings, and vertical tail tip. Lightning protection is used to prevent damage to the aircraft fuselage. The parts utilised for this protection will be made in such a way that they will not interact with the generated electric field, preventing major aircraft damage.
AIRCRAFT LIGHTNING PROTECTION MARKET DYNAMICS
Over the forecast period, the worldwide aircraft lightning protection market will be driven by the increasing usage of composite goods in the construction of aeroplane structural elements to reduce the aircraft's weight and improve overall fuel economy. In most cases, composites make up roughly half of the entire construction of an aircraft. The composites utilised in these planes have an extremely low electrical conductivity, which could result in significant damage to the planes if lightning strikes them. Furthermore, the damage caused by these strikes will have an impact on airline operations, resulting in several service suspensions and delays. The materials for lightning protection are installed by aeroplane manufacturers in order to improve conductivity and ensure passenger safety. All of these elements will have a big impact on the company's success. Over the forecast period, all of these reasons will considerably fuel the expansion of the aircraft lightning market.
Furthermore, numerous aircraft operators are constantly adopting cutting-edge protection materials, as well as specialised components and computer systems, that provide increased longevity, light weight, and high reliability. The modern systems utilised in aircrafts are more susceptible to harm from lightning strikes. This will boost market growth even further until the end of 2025.
Because of the rising adoption of components such as expanded metal foils, grounding wires, and transient voltage suppressors in their structures to ensure protection from lightning strikes, the lightning protection segment is expected to hold the largest share of the global aircraft lightning protection market. Electrical systems, such as power feeders, fuel valves, generators, and electrical distribution systems, rely heavily on these components. Transient voltage suppressors are mostly employed in important equipment such as actuators and flight controls, as well as various engine control systems.
BY AIRCRAFT TYPE
The commercial aircraft category has the largest market share, owing to the ongoing expansion of aerospace vessel transportation to accommodate an increasing number of passengers travelling by air. Commercial aeroplanes are subjected to a variety of severe weather situations and have a larger surface area than other aircraft, necessitating conductive treatment. However, while lightning hits are uncommon, aeroplanes are more likely to be struck by lightning many times during their service lives, necessitating the use of more lightning protection equipment.
North America is likely to lead the worldwide aircraft lightning protection market, owing to the presence of a greater number of aeroplane manufacturers in this region, including Bombardier, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Some parts of the United States, such as Florida, are anticipated to experience nearly 100 thunderstorms per year, potentially limiting aviation operations. To safeguard the safety of passengers, several OEMs are incorporating lightning-resistant materials into their aircraft's structural systems.
Because of rising air traffic, the Asia Pacific aircraft lightning protection market is likely to increase. According to the International Flying Transport Association (IATA), due to lower air rates, airline passengers in the Asia Pacific area will increase by over 4.6 percent. Furthermore, there will be a large increase in air passenger traffic, necessitating the use of more aircraft as well as increased fuel consumption. Over the forecasted term, this will greatly increase the need for aviation lightning protection materials.
Avidyne, Astroseal Products, Exel Group, Proteck Devices, Benmetal, Honeywell, Cobham, Dayton Granger, Niles Expanded Metal, TE Connectivity, L3 Aviation Products, Saab, Dexmet Corporation, and Saywell and The Gill Corporation are some of the potential players in the global aircraft lightning protection market.