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Becker presents the newly developed Flextail® Rudder Flap. It features an innovative design of the improved fibre-composite flap for better flow and load handling.
Composites not only provide outstanding resistance properties at low weight, but many more capabilities in a load-optimised and functional shape design. Particularly for smaller components such as flaps, composite materials allow the manufacture of profile surfaces with better propulsion properties, improved lift generation and a slim design with lower drag. Load-adapted fibre layer arrangements help to reduce material thickness and an adjustment of flap stiffness related to rudder blade bending results in reduced wear and tear of hinge bushes. The noncorrosive property of the flap material helps to reduce the number of zinc anodes and their negative effects on propulsion efficiency.
Composite high-efficiency rudder flaps are available for all kinds of Becker Flap Rudders. By specially adapting the fibre arrangement to meet the requirements of each different rudder type, Becker ensures equipment with a long service life, at the lowest operating cost – meeting our customers’ demanding requirements. Servicing and maintenance costs are minimised due to the lightweight composite material.