The Use of Stainless Steel in Aerospace Aircrafts

Posted on September 23, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The space shuttle Endeavour arrives in Los Angeles.

NASA’s youngest space shuttle Endeavour is being transported from Houston to Los Angeles so it may be part of a permanent museum exhibit.  The images of this monumental vehicle being taxied to the West Coast are currently featured in national and global multimedia news outlets.  For me, it initiates a floodgate of memories about the main role stainless steel plays in the former NASA aerospace industry, which is also a positive reminder of how stainless steel shall continue to work hard for the new, privately-owned aerospace explorers for generations to come.

When materials are needed for the aerospace industry certain regulations and requirements must be met.  The selected metals need to be reliable and efficient while working in facility environments.  It must be devoid of corrosion and deterioration when placed in high temperature settings.  It also must not split or trigger pitting under extreme scenarios.  These traits are vital to the success of past and future exploration flights.

Steel grade 316 is a powerful, corrosion-resistant metal that remains together and unharmed for temperatures up to 1598 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is remarkable but options for the aerospace industry do not stop there.  Grades 309 and 310 are ideal for temperatures reaching up to 2102 degrees Fahrenheit.  These properties are exactly what the aerospace industry examines before selecting and using these superior metals.

Find out more about the role of stainless steel and nickel alloys in the aerospace industry today!

 

What are Nickel Alloys?

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Nickel alloys are used in the airlines industry.

The other day I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight and I was tired of playing Words with Friends on my smartphone so I walked to the big windows to check out the planes.  I watched these massive planes take off.  The amount of thrust the engines require to make the climb and create enough acceleration for the flaps to retract is beyond my non-engineering, non-mechanical, can’t do math brain to comprehend.  But what I did ponder about is something every airplane designer/engineer thinks about.  What material is used to create jet engines that is able to hold up under such extreme conditions?

When producing a jet engine or building an industrial processing plant, choice of materials are essential to the success of the machine, building and/or project.  The key is to think about keeping the repair costs low and finding a metal with longevity abilities.  Nickel definitely answers these concerns.

Nickel is a strong metal with a ferocious ability to resist corrosion and oxidation.   It is customarily mixed with chromium to create stainless steel.  It is a popular metal of choice for many different industries due to is ability to stay strong under extreme conditions.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy call one of our specialists today!

The Aerospace Industry Uses Stainless Steel

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Reda Abouleish
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Many different alloy steels are ideal to use in the aerospace industry.

Recently in the news, there has been much talk about Obama’s vision for NASA and manned space station programs.  Just having the media focus on the space program got me thinking about the importance of stainless steel in aerospace.

A vital element to a successful aerospace operation is the use of durable fasteners.  These are considered the screws that hold the aircraft together.  They enable landing gear, wings, engines, and other components to function properly.  Fasteners are what engineers and designers rely upon to deliver.  They ensure the safety of the aircraft and your business.  The material you choose for fasteners makes the deciding factor on whether your mission or business fails or thrives.

Fasteners must be made from a material resistant to unpredictable pressure conditions and is stable under severe temperatures.  At the same time, the fastener material must fulfill specific industry requirements.  Stainless steel is the ideal choice.  It holds up under extreme situations; it is exceptionally strong and meets manufacturer and military standards.

Another important part of an aircraft is the landing gear bolts.  Generally, these bolts are made of alloy steels.  Alloy steels have been proven over time to exhibit tremendous strength and corrosion resistance qualities.  These are the exact traits needed for any landing gear function in an aircraft.  I believe the words “landing gear” exemplifies how fatal having poor landing gear bolts can ensue.

To find out more about the benefits of using stainless steel or nickel alloy bars in your aerospace business, call us today.

 

 

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