Hutchinson reduces helicopter weight with innovative thermoplastics solutions


Hutchinson takes a major step forward in the helicopter market with innovative materials and an overall sub-system approach.

In the Airbus Helicopter H160 program, three fluid transfer systems have been developed thanks to the complementary expertise of Hutchinson’s Aerospace teams:

  • Fuel circuit
  • Freon air conditioning circuit
  • Hot air bleed circuit

The Freon and fuel circuits have been developed in thermoplastics to replace elastomer/metal and PTFE pipes. This change represents a major technological advance and offers several advantages for the manufacturer:

  • Reduction of the weight of the system
  • Reduction of the number of components
  • A simplified assembly process thanks to “quick connectors”
  • Elimination of corrosion risks

The development of this innovation was made possible by the “cross-fertilization” developed between internal activities and complementary know-how between the Automobile and Aerospace markets.

Want to know more about fluid management and the use of thermoplastics? Come and meet us on stand B252 (Hall 2a) at the Paris Air Show, from the 17th to the 23rd of June.