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A Guide to Aluminum Use in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on March 10, 2016

Last fall, we examined the extensive role aluminum plays in the aerospace industry and how its unique properties provide abundant benefits for aircraft applications. The use of aluminum enables manufacturing companies to satisfy stringent aerospace standards at lower costs.

When compared with steel, another important material used for aerospace applications, the advantages of aluminum are apparent.

While steel is used for applications where strength is essential, aluminum provides important benefits that cannot be achieved with steel. Aluminum is lighter in weight, provides excellent corrosion resistance and delivers the strength required for many aircraft components.

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, aluminum, metals, coated steel

Aluminum in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on October 15, 2015

Aluminum is one of the most common metals in the world, with an expansive influence that touches lives every day. From covering dinner in the oven to providing structural elements of an aircraft, aluminum‘s light weight and high strength make it ideal for many applications

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, aluminum

Nickel Alloys: Breaking Down the Elements

Posted by Don Ascione on May 27, 2015


Nickel alloys
are composed of nickel and copper, as well as smaller amounts of iron, manganese, carbon and silicon.  The combined properties of these elements make nickel alloy both easier to machine and stronger than the elements would be on their own. 

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Topics: Nickel-Copper alloy, Aerospace Applications, nickel alloys

What is the Difference Between Inconel® and Incoloy®?

Posted by Don Ascione on May 14, 2015

Although Inconel® and Incoloy® belong to the same family of superalloys, each possesses its own distinct properties, as well as sharing others. Also known as high-performance alloys, the superalloys in general provide high resistance to corrosion and oxidation, as well as mechanical strength at elevated temperatures.

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Topics: high temp alloy, Aerospace Applications, incoloy, high temperature alloys, inconel

Titanium Grade 5: The Workhorse of Titanium Alloys

Posted by Adam Ascione on November 17, 2014

In the world of metals—and the countless industries that count on them—there are a seemingly endless amount of different types, alloys, and applications. It is impossible to put any one metal into one universal generalization.

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, titanium, titanium grades, titanium alloys, titanium distributor

Does Welding or Fabricating Nickel Alloys Affect Corrosion Resistance?

Posted by Adam Ascione on September 15, 2014

Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) teams can especially attest that MRO processes are being increasingly upgraded and updated with new, specialized materials. As new construction methods take hold, new challenges are being introduced to mechanical, plumbing, or electrical device maintenance and replacement.

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, hastelloy, incoloy, monel, monel 400, monel 405, nickel alloys, monel k500

Corrosive Resistance in Various Nickel Alloys

Posted by Adam Ascione on August 28, 2014


The rapid pace of advancement in technology has introduced new approaches to traditional applications. As new systems are developed, and existing systems are upgraded, a variety of nickel based alloys are being used to bring about enhanced performance. For the MRO faced with working with these materials, it is important to first have a good understanding their characteristics and composition.

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, hastelloy, incoloy, monel, nickel alloys

New Titanium Airline Seat Could Save Millions in Fuel Costs

Posted by Don Ascione on April 15, 2014


Airlines are always looking for ways to save on operational expenses. So the prospect of being able to save millions of dollars a year on fuel costs by reducing the weight of the passenger seats in their cabins may be too much for them to pass up. That’s the hope of a French start-up that has engineered a new passenger seat made mostly of titanium.

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Topics: Nickel-Copper alloy, high temp alloy, Aerospace Applications, titanium, Continental Steel

The Top Lightweight Metals for Aerospace

Posted by Don Ascione on October 14, 2013

All metals designed for the aerospace industry must not only adhere to the highest standards of quality, but also have the right chemical and physical properties to withstand a rigorous environment. These aerospace materials should essentially be lightweight, strong and resistant to corrosion. The metals that best display these qualities, making them the top choice for aerospace use, are titanium, aluminum, stainless steel, and nickel.

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Topics: Space Exploration, Alloy Steel Bars, Aerospace Applications

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