Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has long been a staple of aviation education across the United States. Formed in 1925, It is the largest accredited university system specializing in aviation and aerospace. It has multiple locations with its primary campus residing in Daytona, Florida.
One of the many planes Embry Riddle uses is the new Diamond Aircraft DA42 L-360. This twin engine propeller plane from Austrian company Diamond Aircraft was chosen because it offered so many advantages over prior-generation designs. This includes an all-composite construction, state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 glass panels, and reliable Lycoming 180-horsepower engines. While each new DA42 L-360 comes equipped with an advanced glass cockpit, the ERAU fleet has been upgraded to include an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather system.
One other important part of the DA42 is the CPI X2003-506 thermal switch used in the engine compartment fire detection systems. “The X2003 is really made for fire detection applications,” says Pete Gagliardi, CPI’s regional sales engineer, “a slow make/break device with a set point from 0F to 1750F that is ultra reliable and accurate.”
A Look at CPI Rod & Tube Thermal Switches
The X2003 thermal switch belongs to a class of stand alone Rod & Tube style, bi-metal Thermal Switch products where contact movement is achieved via differences in the coefficients of expansion of two materials, in this case the outer tube and the inner rod. This family of switches is characterized by very rapid response time and very high temperature sensing.which operate completely independently of any external control system. The switch has seen many deployments in aircraft over the years, where remote sensors and control systems are not a good or reliable option.
These thermal switches can be procured in multiple rod lengths and multiple contact configurations. They have been used in helicopter engine exhaust, plastics extrusion, aircraft brake applications, among many other demanding applications for the industrial, aerospace, and military industries.
For more information call a CPI engineer today.