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Case study: Zeus, GKN Aerospace and McNAIR Aerospace Center Partner to Transform Aerospace Part Validation
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"Case study: Zeus, GKN Aerospace and McNAIR Aerospace Center Partner to Transform Aerospace Part Validation"

Learn how Zeus, McNAIR Aerospace Center and GKN Aerospace partnered to replace the industry standard thermocouple testing method with a fiber optic sensor. The savings for GKN Aerospace could run to $500,000 per part validation cycle.

McNAIR Aerospace Center, supported by GKN Aerospace, partnered with Zeus, to replace the industry validation methods with a fiber optic sensor.

Up to this point, embedding a fiber optic sensor within an aircraft part, without compromising the optical fibers or the part’s structural integrity, had been considered unachievable in the aerospace industry.

However, through applying proprietary extrusion methods, Zeus were able to engineer a custom polymer coating which enabled McNAIR and their customer GKN Aerospace to accomplish this incredible breakthrough.

Together, Zeus and McNAIR reinvented the standard approach to composite weld validation in aerospace manufacturing. This optical fiber sensing application delivers significant benefits for the global aerospace industry:

  • Generates savings of up to $500,000 on aircraft part validation runs
  • Replaces existing time-consuming thermocouple weld validation
  • Increases overall QA accuracy of part analysis
  • Enables potential innovations in “smart structure” monitoring

Download the full customer story to learn how Zeus and McNAIR achieved this incredible fiber optic breakthrough and its impact for the aerospace industry.


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