National Aviation Day is August 19th! The aviation industry is pretty important to us at Alliant Metals, so to commemorate this day that honors Orville Wright’s birthday, we’re going to take a look at the important roles stainless steel products play in aviation.
The high strength-to-weight ratio, durability, and corrosion resistance of stainless steel make it an ideal material for many applications in the aviation industry. Structural components, such as fuselage frames, wing supports, and landing gear, are all commonly made from stainless steel. The key characteristics of stainless steel help to ensure the safety and reliability of the aircraft.
Aircraft are exposed to temperature fluctuations, changes in air pressure, and moisture on a regular basis. Exterior surfaces that require corrosion resistance are often made from stainless steel to protect them against harsh conditions. It’s also important for all aircraft, but especially commercial aircraft, to remain aesthetically pleasing. For this reason, you often find stainless steel products in exhaust systems, engine cowls, and decorative trim.
The look of the inside of the plane is just as important as the outside. Cabin fixtures, galley equipment, and lavatory fittings are all commonly made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is hygienic and resistant to wear and tear, so it is ideal for items that are regularly touched and handled by hundreds or even thousands of people.
The fasteners and fittings that hold the components together are just as important as the components themselves. Bolts, fasteners, screws, and other fittings need to maintain their integrity over time to ensure the integrity of the aircraft and the safety of the crew and passengers. It’s essential for these fittings to be made from a material that will resist corrosion and deterioration, like stainless steel.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are many other areas of the aviation industry that require stainless steel products. Engine components, avionics and electronics, and hydraulic and fluid systems are just a few of the other areas that also rely on stainless steel. At Alliant Metals, we are proud to provide stainless steel products required by this important industry.