Filter By

Reliability and Safety Support for Commercial Aerospace

Ipeco Holdings Ltd is the supplier of Galley Insert (GAINS) equipment for the Airbus A350 passenger aircraft. BMT was responsible for conducting Safety and Reliability analysis for each GAINS equipment to ensure they met the product reliability requirements.

Summary

Ipeco Holdings Ltd (Ipeco) is the supplier of Galley Insert (GAINS) equipment for the Airbus A350 passenger aircraft. Ipeco produced a total of four separate products for the A350 GAINS programme.  The designs were modularised to allow integration with the aircraft electrical, water and waste supplies. They were the:

  • Beverage Maker
  • Convection Oven
  • Steam Oven
  • Chiller/Refrigerator/Freezer

BMT was responsible for conducting Safety and Reliability analysis for each GAINS equipment to ensure they met the product reliability requirements. This also satisfied the need to generate a product solution that could be operated safely and would deliver the benefits of low fleet operating cost. The analysis included: 

  • Reliability Prediction including Failure Rate, Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and Mean Time Between Unscheduled Repairs (MTBUR) calculation
  • De-rating Analysis for electronics components
  • Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Spares Cost prediction
  • Direct Maintenance Cost (DMC) prediction
  • Intrinsic Hazard Analysis

Key Benefits

  • Delivered timely and constructive inputs to the design process (initial prediction, FMECA and FTA were carried out on prototypes from CAD designs)
  • Highlighted safety and reliability risk areas for corrective action
  • Provided clear evidence of compliance with safety and reliability aspects of equipment specifications
  • Included detailed evaluations of the predicted performance of designs
  • Presented data in the mandated analysis formats

Key Features

  • Consideration of the need to provide economically-supportable assets
  • Design guidance on technical solutions
  • Outputs compatible with aircraft-level reliability and safety documentation requirements
  • Use of conventional analysis techniques

Related Companies