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The Benefits of Aluminum Honeycomb in Aerospace Applications

Posted by Adam Ascione on February 15, 2017

In the aerospace industry, the most advanced, reliable materials are necessary to ensure optimal safety, longevity, and strength in demanding applications.

Aerospace materials must be lightweight to allow for optimal aerodynamics; strong to ensure the safety of pilots and passengers and to withstand the physical forces of flying; and heat resistant to ensure structural changes are kept to a minimum during the sudden and extreme temperature fluctuations that occur at both high-speed and high-altitude flight.

Honeycomb — particularly, aluminum honeycomb — can effectively meet all of the above requirements.

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Topics: nickel alloy, metals, monel, nickel and high temp alloy, aerospace metals

Monel in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Adam Ascione on September 30, 2016

Monel, a nickel-copper alloy formulated in the 1900s, has become an essential material for engineers due to its combination of performance and workability.

Adaptable to casting, welding, and both hot and cold working, the alloy has become popular for use in many applications and industries.

Monel is generally comprised of roughly 68% nickel and 29% copper, while the remaining variables can see adjustments in order to create different grades including Monel 400, Monel 401, Monel 404, Monel K-500, and Monel R-405 for unique applications

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Topics: nickel alloy, metals, monel, nickel and high temp alloy, aerospace metals

Nickel and High Temperature Alloy Highlight

Posted by Adam Ascione on March 30, 2016

Continental Steel & Tube Company can provide a broad range of alloy materials to suit your industrial needs. Known as your “Hard-To-Find Metals Specialist,” we proudly run several distribution centers at locations around the country to ensure unsurpassed speed, quality, and reliability with our material deliveries for applications across a range of industries.

We offer a variety of standard and specialty materials, as well as forging services, at cost-effective prices. To properly reflect our broad material offerings, we’ve updated our catalog and added new nickel and high temperature alloys: 

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Topics: nickel alloy, metals, nickel and high temp alloy

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

Titanium in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on February 3, 2016

Titanium is a lightweight, yet strong, uniquely versatile metal.

These characteristics make titanium a preferred choice for use in the aerospace industry. By their very nature, aerospace applications demand parts that are both very light and extremely strong.

The lighter an object is, the easier it is to make it airborne; at the same time, passengers and cargo require protection from the high speeds and altitudes, so strength is also an important factor. Aerospace industry applications present a unique problem, and titanium is a uniquely qualified solution.

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Topics: metals, steel, coated steel

All About Coated Products

Posted by Don Ascione on January 20, 2016

Simply put, a coated product is any metal product, typically steel, that has been galvanized or otherwise coated by another protective material. These coatings enhance products' resistance to corrosion and other forms of wear, thereby reducing the need for upkeep and replacement. This includes steel plates, pipes, tubes, bars, wire, and more.

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Topics: metals, steel, coated steel

Aluminum Made Ford Tough!

Posted by Don Ascione on January 21, 2014


The Ford Motor Company recently announced a new F-150 pickup truck built completely from aluminum. Moving from the use of stamped steel, the F-150 aluminum body is 700 pounds lighter than previous models. This bold move in an industry still dependent on steel is Ford’s effort to provide increased fuel efficiency. The move to aluminum is both a response to small business owner’s need to reduce their gasoline costs and also due to increased government regulations to increase fuel economy.

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Topics: aluminum, metals, Automotive Industry

What Are Metal Standards and Why Are They Important?

Posted by Don Ascione on December 2, 2013


Discerning engineers give great consideration to selecting the best and most appropriate material for construction of component metals.

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Topics: metals, metal standards, Continental Steel

Continental Steel: Committed to Quality in Metal Products

Posted by Don Ascione on September 3, 2013


Continental Steel & Tube embraces the highest standard of quality in our business selling titanium, aluminum, stainless steel, nickel, brass, copper, as well as other metals. Dedicated to only the best business practices and high quality metal products, we are convinced that our customers will genuinely respect and appreciate our pursuit of excellence.

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Topics: titanium, aluminum, metals, Quality Management System, ISO 9001-2000, Continental Steel

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