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Category Archive: Aerospace

  1. What Metals Don’t Rust or Corrode

    Nov
    04
    2020

    Rust and corrosion are some of the biggest enemies of metals. These deficiencies can lower the strength of the part over time, and in some circumstances, become a safety issue. There is a difference between rust and corrosion, though. Rust is generally used to describe the oxidation of iron and iron-based alloys only. Usually, rust […]

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  2. Which Metals Conduct Heat the Best/Fastest

    Oct
    27
    2020

    Thermal conductivity is a crucial quality of metals since it measures the amount and speed of heat the material can displace. This quality is especially important in high-temperature environments. Extremely high temperatures can change the properties of any metal, usually reducing the strength. Therefore, conducting the heat quicker can significantly reduce the stress on the […]

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  3. Kinds of Tube Drawing

    Oct
    01
    2020

    Tubes are an integral part of the modern world. Its use is diverse – apart from the transfer of liquid and gas, tubes are used for structural purposes. Thus, tubing finds use in various industries, including construction, aircraft, oil, gas, and petrochemical, automotive, chemical, water treatment, sanitary systems, medical, pharmaceutical, etc. This variety also necessitates […]

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  4. “Flying-V” Prototype Maiden Flight is Full of Promises

    Sep
    23
    2020

    The maiden test flight of the “Flying-V” aircraft model was successful, and the teams of engineers and researchers behind it were filled with pride and hope for the next steps of the project. “Flying-V” is being co-developed by KLM engineers and TU Delft researchers, to create an extremely energy-efficient aircraft. Its shape and size are […]

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  5. NASA Tests SLS Rocket by Complete Destruction

    Jul
    21
    2020

    NASA is preparing for the 2024 Moon launches of the ongoing Artemis program, and ensuring that everything is working as expected is never a bad idea when you’re planning to send people out of help’s reach. In this context, the space agency has run a destructive test on the upper stage of the SLS rocket, […]

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  6. How to Calculate Metal Weight

    Jun
    26
    2020

    Calculating the weight of a said alloy is very important in engineering, as it directly affects the performance of the material. The weight of a single piece of alloy with the same dimensions can vary greatly even in materials that have similar properties. That is because alloys are composed of many different elements, each having […]

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  7. SpaceX Launched Astronauts to the Space Station in a Historic Moment

    Jun
    10
    2020

    NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were launched into space inside a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, taking a trip to the International Space Station (ISS). This was a historic moment for SpaceX which became the first private entity to send people into space, and also because the last time that NASA astronauts launched from […]

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  8. Can the Aviation Industry get Unstuck from the COVID-19 Mud?

    May
    04
    2020

    When the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the world that we will return to will be nothing like the one we were used to living in. One of the industries that are currently taking the most damage, and at the same time is expected to change fundamentally in the post-coronavirus age, is aviation. There’s a lot […]

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  9. What Materials do Airplane Manufacturers Use Today?

    Apr
    22
    2020

    An airplane needs to be strong yet lightweight, with some parts requiring high rigidness and others needing to be pretty flexible. As one can easily deduce, an aircraft manufacturer would need to use a wide array of different materials on a flying model, and this is indeed the case. Today, we see steel, aluminum, and […]

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  10. Aerospace Composite Parts, Without the Autoclave

    Apr
    10
    2020

    When you talk about the new aerospace composite parts, engineers usually put layers of carbon composite woven over one another, and they bake this with pressure in a vacuum to create layers as one light and the robust aerospace composite part. These techniques have been around for many years now, and MIT researchers are trying […]

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  11. Airbus Shows a Hybrid Passenger Airplane that Looks like a Bird

    Mar
    23
    2020

    Modern airplanes are becoming safer every year, but there are still worries about their carbon impact. Also, I think we can agree that planes start to look increasingly like each other – can you really tell the make and model from afar? Airbus, one of the largest and most advanced aerospace companies, will try to […]

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  12. Powder Metallurgy Steel Making

    Mar
    16
    2020

    Conventional steelmaking using electric-arc furnaces and decarburization is still very common. However, the internal structure of the cast ingots made with this process isn’t uniform, which negatively affects the qualities of the steel. Sure, a hot method can be used on the ingots to break up the segregated structure, but the structure still won’t be […]

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  13. What is Metal Extrusion?

    Mar
    12
    2020

    Metal extrusion is a process used to create longer objects with a fixed profile by pushing a cylindrical billet inside a closed cavity. The end product is called an extrudate and can have several desired characteristics and qualities. The metal extrusion process was patented by Joseph Bramah and is regularly used to create parts from […]

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  14. Mars 2020 Rover Will be Equipped with a Stone-Crushing Laser

    Mar
    02
    2020

    NASA already landed four rovers on Mars: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. These vehicles taught us a lot about the Red Planet but still couldn’t uncover the truth about life on Mars. NASA’s next rover might be able to do that, thanks to state-of-the-art technology that wasn’t available before. The Agency plans to launch the […]

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  15. NASA Plans to Mine the Moon and Calls the Expert to Help Them

    Feb
    25
    2020

    NASA wants to establish a permanent base on the Moon, and they need Caterpillar to help them with the mining operations. The two have a long record of successful collaborations, but this time we’re not talking about developing robotic drills for taking soil samples, but for the actual excavation and mining of the lunar surface. […]

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  16. 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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