Aluminum Parts in Aerospace and Aircraft Applications
Ever since the Wright brothers built their first plane, aluminum has played a large part in the aircraft and aerospace industries. Today, aluminum sheets and parts are found in aircraft shells, engines, fuselages, wings, landing gear, equipment, tools and instruments as well as in satellites, rockets and missiles.
Aluminum components are lightweight yet strong. Aluminum alloys used in this industry are created to withstand corrosion and heat, making them ideal for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.
By reducing the weight of components, aluminum alloys allow aircraft to carry heavier loads and use less fuel. The increased strength of aluminum alloys translates into lighter weight without the loss of strength as well as greater cost-efficiency. And corrosion resistance helps prevent aircraft and aerospace failures and disasters.