Carter Manufacturing has joined the Future Engine Technology for the Control of Hydrogen (FETCH) project, led by Moog in the UK.

The project focuses on the development of the key technologies required to exploit the benefits of future aircraft hydrogen fuel systems.

Carter Manufacturing will develop bespoke bearing solutions for liquid and gaseous hydrogen, based on its experience in developing bearings for cryogenic applications, such as rocket propulsion, commercial industrial pump applications, along with scientific research.

Karl Brundell, managing director of Carter Manufacturing commented, “We are delighted to be part of this ground-breaking collaboration, driving the development and innovation of this important sustainable aviation initiative.”

“The FETCH collaboration is an excellent example of our commitment to accelerate the development of hydrogen powered aircraft and underlines our expertise in developing bearings which excel in challenging and complex hydrogen applications.”

The FETCH project has secured match funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) program, a joint Government and industry investment and is one of several initiatives designed to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace design and manufacture.

Carter Manufacturing has decades of experience within the cryogenic industry extending to fully submersible pumps within the energy sector, to liquid oxygen turbo pumps in the space sector. Bearings supplied by Carter undergo rigorous cryogenic testing procedures after assembly and before shipping. This includes submerging the bearings in liquid nitrogen and performing quality inspection tests to ensure that bearings arrive at the customer’s facilities having already successfully performed in cryogenic temperatures.

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