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In 1903, the Wright brothers constructed and flew the first working airplane, a biplane glider that was powered by a motor driven propeller. Since then, we have made great advancements in aircraft designs with modern jet engines making air travel vastly more accessible and practical, interconnecting people from across the world. These engines create thrust by taking in a large amount of air and expelling it as a powerful jet of gas. For a more in-depth look at jet engines, read on as we discuss the various parts and the cycle that connects them.


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Ball bearings are rolling-element bearings that have rolling spheres between their inner and outer raceways to support radial and axial loads acting on rotating and reciprocating shafts. As they provide high performance and long service lives that can transfer the load from the balls to the inner race, these bearings are often used when smooth, low friction is required in rotary applications. Generally, ball bearings can be classified into varying types based on their design and construction. Since there is a wide range of ball bearing types available on the market, this blog will cover the most common variations and their uses.


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Capacitors are one of the primary components found in all electronic devices, making them vital to their operation. Modern day electronics are usually equipped with ceramic capacitors decoupling power supplies for a majority of integrated circuits (ICs) on circuit boards or aluminum electrolytic capacitors as bulk capacitance for voltage regulators. As capacitors are utilized for reasons other than noise mitigation, there are several different types of capacitors available on the market. For instance, they can be used for coupling, decoupling, as filters, energy storage/supply, impedance matching, snubbers, and more.


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Nearly every industry involved in the production of complex machinery relies upon bearings. These versatile devices are implemented alongside numerous components to provide friction reduction and motion limitation. One industry that relies extensively upon bearings is the automotive industry, with their application enhancing safety by extending the operational lifespan of vehicular elements. Within the bearing domain, there are several designs, each serving a unique purpose for particular applications. One such design that has become a staple in the automotive industry is the needle bearing which is finding use in multiple automobile components. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about needle bearings and how they are being used in the automotive industry to promote safety and performance.


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Aircraft engines rely on their oil systems for various functions, so it is critical that operators can always control and monitor the pressure within such systems. To achieve this, oil pressure gauges offer pilots readings of the aircraft oil system in pounds per square inch (psi) and indicate whether the system is in a safe operating pressure range. Pilots should consistently monitor the dial of the pressure gauge, that of which often indicates safe pressure zones when the dial is within a green zone. If pressure exceeds or falls short of the ideal operating pressure, the dial enters a red zone. Dangers of improper pressure within an oil system can interfere with many vital functions of the engine, such as the lubrication of its moving parts, the temperature of the engine as a whole, and the ability to remove contaminants from the system. Therefore, a pilot should be aware of the pressure in aircraft oil systems at all times and understand how to operate an oil pressure gauge. This blog will explore the functions of oil pressure gauges, and the important roles they play in maintaining the engine(s), oil system, and safety, in general.


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Whether an aircraft is designed for commercial applications or defense, most modern models are highly electrified to provide pilots with all the instrumentation data, control, and assistance that they need to efficiently and safely fly. In order for power and data to effectively be transferred between systems and components, various aviation cable assemblies are used. As commercial and defense aircraft are subject to varying levels of stress and atmospheric conditions, the required specifications of the cable assemblies in planes will often differ based on the application. In this piece, we will discuss how commercial and defense aircraft cable assemblies differ from one another, allowing you to have a better idea of each and what is best for your needs.


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An aircraft flap actuator is a mechanical device that is utilized to adjust the flaps on wings. More specifically, they serve as adjustable control surfaces on the rear edge of the wings. Additionally, they can be extended or retracted to adjust to the profile and surface area of the wings, facilitating a smooth flight at low airspeeds.


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Most airplanes need to have a set of batteries for their operations. Even if an airplane features combustion jet engines, it will still need some form of power storage to power everything from onboard instruments to lighting fixtures. Take the Boeing 747 as an example, as this jumbo plane is provided with two batteries. One of these batteries is used as the main power source in flight for electronics, while another battery performs duties as an Auxiliary Power Unit or APU.


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Most modern aircraft rely on the combustion of fuel-and-air mixtures for generating the thrust and propulsion required for flight, and such processes lead to the creation of large amounts of exhaust gasses that need to be expelled from the engine for safety. While engines may vary in their construction and how they utilize exhaust, jet engines in particular will utilize a propelling nozzle to amply direct the flow of exhaust gas to maximize propulsion. As there are different types of propelling nozzles that benefit varying aircraft types and operations, it can be useful to have a general understanding of the main exhaust nozzle variations.


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Captive fasteners are a specialized fastener type, capable of achieving a permanent hold of an assembly even during servicing procedures. Captive fasteners can create a hold through a number of methods, taking advantage of thread locking, press-fitting, or broaching for ample security. Additionally, some captive fasteners may even meld with the material they are joined to if welding or cold forming is carried out. To best understand how captive fasteners can be beneficial for various applications, we will discuss some of the most common types that may be used for installations.


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