Gasket manufacture in the aerospace industry 03/29/16


Planes are ever-present in our society that many people do not appreciate them as they should. The fact is that keeping a fully loaded plane in the air, not to mention traveling long distances, is unbelievable. Considering the miraculous nature of the plane’s operation, there is virtually no plane component that is more important than the other. Nonetheless, some specific components play an important role in the construction of a plane. Such an example is represented by gaskets and seals. Gaskets and seals are used to a large extent in aerospace engineering Canada and even astronautic applications for building fighter jets or cargo planes.

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Gaskets and seals in aerospace applications

The most widespread application of gaskets and seals is in the manufacture of aircraft. Gaskets and seals are used for sealing, maintaining pressure, preventing leakage and keeping the temperature constant. It is clear that many of the aspects of modern planes rely heavily on rubber gaskets and seals. One of the most obvious uses of seals is to keep the cabin pressurised during flight. Cabin pressure is of paramount importance not only for the airline crews, but also for the good health of the passengers.

The system that pumps air of a higher pressure compared to that of the outside of the plane relies to a great extent to the use of rubber gaskets and seals. Should these seals fail, people would lose consciousness and this could even result in the death of the crew and passengers. With frequent exposure to extreme pressure changes, aerospace equipment is designed to be at the same time flexible and durable.

Materials used for aerospace industry applications

Aeronautic equipment is constantly exposed to fluids and extreme environments. In producing gaskets and other conductive components for use in aerospace industry applications, a number of materials are used. Silicone rubber is the most common used material in gasket and seal manufacture. Silicone is a valuable gasket material due to the fact that it has strong resistance to extreme temperatures and ultraviolet light. Nitrile butadiene rubber is another popular choice being mostly used when specified with gasoline, greases or oil. Additionally, it has good abrasion resistance and tear resistance.

Improved quality – less risk

Ensuring consistent performance in aerospace engineering manufacturing reduces risks, lowers costs and product failure. One solution to ensuring that you receive a quality product is to hire a manufacturing company that has previously worked with the aerospace industry. Only a manufacturing company with experience can understand the challenges of performance demands required for equipment in aerospace applications.