Aircraft engines are marvels of engineering that power the aviation industry, allowing airplanes to soar through the skies with high speed and efficiency. While most people may be familiar with the names of different aircraft engine types, the variations and complexity of each often begs more understanding of how they are designed and how they operate. In this blog post, we will explore the common variations of aircraft engines, delving into their key components and shedding light on their operational mechanisms.
Cargo companies often use various types of aircraft to transport goods, those of which range from large, wide-body freighters to small turboprop "feeder" planes. Wide-body freighters are designed to accommodate containerized and palletized freight goods on their upper and lower decks, and these types of aircraft are primarily used on long international routes. Meanwhile, narrow-body freighters generally operate in domestic locations, an example being those that operate across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean where all locations are fairly close. Feeder aircraft, on the other hand, are generally used by express carriers like FedEx, DHL, and UPS to transport cargo to and from smaller markets. Several brands are known for producing cargo aircraft for shipping purposes, popular models including the Embraer KC-390, Airbus BelugaXL, B757-200PCF Freighter, and others.
Around $6 trillion, which is equivalent to 35% of yearly world trade, is transported through air freight according to IATA. Every day, approximately 140,000 tons of air cargo and 20 million individual parcels are flown around the world. With a plethora of materials, goods, and packages constantly being moved across the air, trade like this often requires massive cargo planes to ensure the job can get done. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of some of the largest and most popular cargo planes in operation, allowing you to be more familiar with such models and their capabilities.
The carburetor forms an integral part of the engine’s induction system, and its primary role is to mix air and fuel so that this mixture can be directed to each cylinder part where it is ignited as part of the four-stroke engine cycle. Carburetors are mechanical apparatuses that take advantage of the Venturi effect to atomize liquid fuel and mix it with air in a correct ratio for optimum combustion. In technical terms, a carburetor uses the velocity increase and corresponding pressure drop at the Venturi throat to suck fuel into the airstream where it mixes with intake air.
Fasteners are a crucial, yet often overlooked, element of industrial assemblies, serving to join two or more parts together in either a temporary or permanent fashion. Depending on one’s particular needs, screws, bolts, nails, rivets, washers, and other types of fastener components may be taken advantage of. As each fastener type varies in design, implementation, and capability, it is essential that one has a general understanding of the most common options so that the best fit for their particular industry application can be procured.
While fasteners are essential for securing multiple surfaces together, there are instances when specialized fasteners are required to improve connectivity between parts being joined. As fasteners vary in design, material, and application method, it is crucial that one understands how different fasteners work to provide an accurate assessment of parts when maintaining certain equipment.
Every electrical network depends on its electrical power connectors to make the junctions it needs. To fit a myriad of circuit system applications, there is a variety of connector types to choose from. Generally, power connectors are classified by how much voltage they carry, that being either low, medium, or high voltage. In addition, connectors may be categorized by their mating components, materials, and purpose. In this blog, we will be examining the major types of electrical power connectors available and dig into how each of them can be used.
Hydraulic motors are a type of apparatus that has long been in use across multiple industries, and they are generally relied on for supplying power for an application through the use of hydraulic pressure that is converted into mechanical energy. Based on the system or application in question, there are a variety of hydraulic motors that one may take advantage of, making it important that one understands the basics of such equipment and what different types offer. As such, we will briefly cover the basics of hydraulic motors and the most common types available so that you have a better idea of where to start for your own procurement needs.
For many automobile, marine, and aircraft engines, the propeller shaft is the component that transmits power between the gearbox and differential. Oftentimes, this component will be referred to by various names, common examples being a driveshaft, diving shaft, tail shaft, or Cardan shaft. Regardless of the name or setting, all propeller shafts perform the same role of torque and rotation transmission, making them a very important element of many vehicles and vessels. In this blog, we will discuss the propeller shaft in brief detail, allowing you to have a better understanding of its use.
Man’s curiosity turned aviation into a possibility, with the first manned-aircraft soaring the sky in 1903. Since then, advancements in the aerospace industry have turned flying into a hobby or standard method of travel for many, especially with large, more commercially available airplanes being devised to accommodate the needs of more eager passengers. For pilots, their personal quest to touch the sky is made possible by light aircraft, allowing them to enjoy the freedom such planes provide.