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Category Archive: Aerospace

  1. What is Seamless Tubing?

    Jan
    28
    2020

    Seamless tubes are tubes without welding seams, which makes them stronger and more reliable than welded tubes. However, due to the complex process of production of seamless tubes, they are also more expensive. Seamless tubing is completely welding-free – the pipes are produced using extrusion and connected via threads. Seamless tubing is mostly used in […]

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  2. What is Pipe Schedule?

    Jan
    14
    2020

    Pipe Schedule (SCH) is a standard that measures the nominal wall thickness of a pipe, given by the ANSI / ASME B36.10M standard for Stainless Steel Pipe dimensions, and API 5L standard for seamless and welded steel pipes. The pipe schedule number is non-dimensional and depends on the nominal pipe size, internal pipe working pressure, […]

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  3. How to Reduce Scrap Metal in Manufacturing Processes

    Dec
    30
    2019

    Scrap metal is unavoidable in any manufacturing process, but it is also a costly part of it. Sure, most scrap metal is recyclable, but to make it into a new piece, the factory needs to invest in more labor time and an entirely new manufacturing process. Reducing scrap metal is crucial for creating a lean […]

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  4. World’s Longest Commercial Flight Lasted Almost 20 Hours

    Dec
    20
    2019

    Flying long distances always includes changing airplanes midway. Naturally, that’s a hassle for everybody, especially if you need to wait a few hours between flights. Luckily, things might change for the better – Qantas just completed the longest flight, ever. The company claimed the record from Singapore Airlines, which held the record for a flight […]

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  5. German Startup Just Showed Their Flying Taxi

    Dec
    17
    2019

    A lot of well-respected automotive and aircraft companies are already working on flying cars, bringing the long-awaited dream to reality. However, the first such product might be launched by a startup. The Munich-based company called Lilium already showed a video of a working air taxi prototype, which they want to launch in 2025. The Lilium […]

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  6. What is “Nominal Pipe Size”?

    Dec
    05
    2019

    You’ve probably encountered the abbreviation NPS previously on our or similar websites. It means “Nominal Pipe Size,” and it is the North American standard for measuring pipe sizes used for various pressures and temperatures. The NPS standard is widely accepted in the USA, but some things have to be observed correctly in order to find […]

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  7. Metal Heat Distortion

    Oct
    18
    2019

    Applying heat to metals can make them easier to forge, machine, weld, and fabricate. However, this also brings some issues with it, metals expand when heated, which makes the whole fabrication process more demanding. Luckily, every alloy comes with a predetermined coefficient of thermal expansion. This coefficient shows how much a given alloy will expand […]

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  8. Machinability of Metals

    Oct
    09
    2019

    We often mention that said metal is “easy to machine” or “difficult to machine” on our alloy pages, but what is machinability really? To answer that question, we need to first talk about machining and why it’s essential in almost every industry that uses alloys. Machining is the process of removal of raw material, in […]

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  9. What Is The Difference Between Steel Billets and Steel Bars?

    Sep
    05
    2019

    At Tech Steel and Materials, we are serious about the products we produce, from start to finish. One of our specialties is to supply steel, more specific, steel billets and bars. What is a steel billet? Steel billets are the product of melting iron ore or scrap iron using a method first introduced in the […]

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  10. High Density Dry Batteries Will Revolutionize Electric Aviation

    Aug
    15
    2019

    Electric planes flying on batteries are no longer a midsummer night’s dream, as an Israeli startup named “Eviation” is planning to introduce the first one by 2021 which will carry nine passengers over distances of up to 650 miles (1045 km). The key technological development that makes this possible is the existence of high-density dry […]

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  11. Amazon Launches Hexagonal Drone for Even Faster Prime Deliveries

    Jul
    18
    2019

    Delivering packages with the help of drones is certainly not a novelty, but it is still not spread enough to replace conventional methods. Amazon wants to change that with their new hexagonal drone, which was presented at their re:MARS Conference. This drone should improve the Primer Air delivery program, which is available in selected countries […]

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  12. U.S. Warns of Spy Dangers of Chinese-Made Drones

    Jun
    28
    2019

    Is there anything that is still secret in our digital world today? How secure is your everyday movements, day to day routines and most intimate information? Are we really protected by firewalls and passwords to secure our most precious information? Have we become so gullible to accept the big banners on software promotions promising just […]

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  13. SpaceX Confirms Dragon II Explosion

    May
    28
    2019

    The Dragon II capsule that carried out a non-piloted test flight to the ISS in March has exploded during a later test on the ground, as confirmed by the SpaceX vice president, Hans Koenigsmann. The explosive event was already apparent from a video that leaked late last month, but the level of the vessel’s destruction […]

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  14. BAE’s Magma Demonstrates Breakthrough ‘Blown-Air’ Flap-Free Flight Technologies

    May
    23
    2019

    Modern aircraft rely on complex moveable flight control surfaces to maneuver their path through the air. BAE Systems revolutionize the future aircraft design First time in history, a flapless unmanned aircraft has been maneuvered in flight by replacing moving surfaces with the blown air technology. UK‘s largest defense and security company BAE Systems has performed flight […]

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  15. Nasa Uncovers 20-Year Aluminum Scheme That Caused 2 Failed Missions

    May
    14
    2019

    In a settlement agreement, an Oregon aluminum extrusion manufacturer, Sapa Profiles, Inc., has agreed to pay $46 million to NASA, the Department of Defense, and others to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a 19-year fraud scheme. Federal prosecutors concluded that Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc., formerly known as Sapa Profiles Inc. (SPI), and […]

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  16. The Goodyear AERO – A Concept Tire for Autonomous, Flying Cars

    May
    07
    2019

    Technology has come a long way since the first application of the wooden wheel in 4500–3300 BCE i.e. the Neolithic Age. Since the first patented pneumatic tire by Scottish inventor Robert William Thomson in 1847, we’ve had everything else in between up until the 21st Century, which included white wall, radial, low profile, off-road, snow, all […]

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  17. Blood Samples Delivered by UPS Drones Across North Carolina

    Apr
    29
    2019

    Medical samples are vital elements in many hospitals. Their transport, however, gets complicated when the amount of blood or tissue samples increases. UPS recently decided to tackle this problem. The company started to move medical specimens with unmanned drones. So, the futuristic idea about drone deliveries for various industries just got real. Their drone-delivery scheme […]

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  18. Boeing Autonomous Flying Car Completes First Test Flight

    Apr
    15
    2019

    Several decades ago, it seemed almost sure that in the year 2020 we would’ve lived in cities with flying cars. Sadly, the reality is that we are not as close to this truth as futurists predicted. That said, we can almost certainly predict that flying cars will happen in the near future. Boeing’s subsidiary Aurora […]

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