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!

 

 

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