2/20/2017

Unison to Additively Manufacture Air-Air Heat Exchangers for Cessna Denali Aircraft

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The additive heat exchangers will offer reduced weight and volume.

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Unison Industries has been selected by Textron Aviation to additively manufacture air-air heat exchangers for the Cessna Denali high-performance, single-engine turboprop. With a maximum occupancy of 11, the Denali single-engine turboprop will be powered by GE Aviation’s advanced turboprop engine and is targeted to achieve first flight in 2018.

Unison’s additive air-air heat exchanger is part of GE’s $1 billion investment and commitment to the advancement of additive manufacturing. The heat exchanger is said to increase reliability through elimination of braze joints and offer reduced weight and volume. The exchanger can be manufactured conformal to the application so all angles are rendered with true shape.

“Being awarded this contract for the Cessna Denali reflects the confidence Textron Aviation places in Unison’s additive technology and capability and the benefits it will bring to the Denali customers,” says Giovanni Spitale, president of Unison Industries. “The air-air heat exchanger is just the beginning—we are investing heavily in additive technology. We have other heat exchangers that form the foundation of our new additive product family and continue the advancement of our additive product line for the aviation industry.”

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