When discussing the primary electrical distribution systems of a home or building, it is common for people to use the terms “fuse box” and “electrical panel” interchangeably, even though this is actually a mistake. While both types of equipment serve a similar role of regulating electrical flow throughout circuits, the actual use of both greatly differ. As many will likely have to use an electrical panel or fuse box at some point in their life, it can be beneficial to have a basic understanding of each.
Hydraulic systems find use in many vehicles and machinery alike, harnessing fluids under pressure to create the power necessary for actuation and operations. When designing a hydraulic system for the first time, one of the most important questions is what motor or pump is best for achieving optimal performance. This is an essential consideration to make as motors and pumps act as key components for basic hydraulic system operations. The two work in tandem as well, so it is highly recommended to follow a basic selection process, that of which we will discuss in this blog.
For aircraft to remain safe and airworthy for flight, they must be regularly maintained, repaired, and generally cared for on a regular basis. Whether an aircraft is simply being turned over for its next flight or is being repaired, maintenance personnel and other staff generally rely on the use of ground support equipment (GSE) to get the job done. In order for ground support equipment to be reliable in of itself, it too must be regularly inspected and maintained as to avoid costly or disastrous outcomes. In this blog, we will discuss some examples of ground support equipment maintenance and repair, ensuring that you can bolster the reliability and service lives of your investments by understanding its importance.
One of the most important aspects of understanding aviation is the ability to comprehend the various ways in which an aircraft moves in three dimensions. Those methods, which are referred to as roll, pitch, and yaw, make up the three principal axes of an aircraft. They are manipulated by the actuation of various flight surfaces, and their control is necessary in order to facilitate safe and stable flight. If the plane rolls too far in any of these axes, it could cause aerodynamic instability and passenger discomfort, which is why aircraft must feature components that can offset this effect. In this blog, we will discuss the purpose behind yaw damping, one of the many ways aerospace engineers combat unintentional rolling.
Ailerons are one of three primary flight control surfaces, allowing pilots to manage the lateral balance of aircraft. They are typically found on the trailing edge of each wing and work by generating more lift on one wing while reducing lift on the other. The pilot maneuvers the ailerons by turning the control wheel to the left or right.
During flight operations, fires present a major safety risk due to the amount of flammable and combustible materials that are onboard. As such, it is crucial that fires are discovered right away so that their damage and spread can be mitigated. One way in which fires are identified is through their smoke, that of which can be detected with numerous aircraft fire protection systems. In this blog, we will discuss smoke detectors and flame detectors, allowing you to better understand how aircraft maintain fire safety across the vessel.
viscometers or viscosimeters, are instruments that are employed for the means of measuring a fluid’s viscosity. Generally, the object will move through a stationary fluid, or a fluid will move through a stationary object so that a measurement can be made for the drag resulting from relative motion. Depending upon one’s needs, there are numerous types of viscometers, each of which features a different design and measurement method.
Flight control surfaces permit a pilot to manage the attitude of a fixed-wing aircraft, coming in the form of aerodynamic devices that are spread across the vehicle. Aircraft elevators in particular are flight control surfaces that may be found near the rear end of the aircraft, adjusted by the pilot in order to govern the aircraft’s pitch, angle of attack, and lift. As a device that is commonly relied on during flight operations, pilots should always have a good understanding of its functionality and control so that they may best manage an aircraft safely and efficiently.
Unsurprisingly, the fuel tank is a critical part of every aircraft. To accommodate the wide range of aircraft types, there are many different types of aircraft fuel tanks. The three most common are rigid removable fuel tanks, bladder fuel tanks, and integral fuel tanks. In this blog, we will discuss each of these three types and their unique characteristics.
Engine valves are mechanical components used in internal combustion engines to control the flow of fluid and gas to or from the combustion chambers and cylinders during engine operation. They perform similarly to many other types of valves, blocking or allowing flow, but differ in that they are purely a mechanical device that works in conjunction with other engine components to open and close in the correct order with the correct timing. Engine valves are found in many types of combustion engines, whether they run off gasoline, diesel, kerosene, natural gas, or propane. In this blog, we will discuss the three main types of engine valves in detail.
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