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Hale Hamilton Produces Composite Gas Cylinder

16 July 2004

Hale Hamilton Ltd, working in partnership with a number of Military clients, has successfully developed a range of composite Portable Charging Units.

The design brief provided was to produce a lightweight, compact, robust, reliable unit with high operational availability.

The Hale Hamilton solution includes the use of a carbon fibre/epoxy resin composite gas cylinder, housed within a light but strong aluminium case, resulting in a Portable Charging Unit the size and weight of a small suitcase.

This composite unit delivers a supply at up to 280 bar equivalent to 1800 litres at STP.

Incorporated within each unit are all valves, regulators and gauges required to supply high pressure gas safely, accurately and reliably within an easy to use, maintainable system.

Other applications include; commercial airline ground support, vehicle tyre inflation, pressure instrument calibration, purging and blanketing, powering of air tools and the charging of gas powered sporting guns.

The RAF has a legacy of several different types of ground support equipment to service the high pressure gas systems on military aircraft. An Integrated Project Team was tasked to rationalise and modernise the equipment and to use the same unit on as many aircraft as possible. After a long and rigorous bidding process HH won the job.





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