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What materials are used in the aerospace industry?

Common aerospace materials include refractory metals and specialty alloys with high melting points, typically titanium, vanadium, aluminum, titanium, and steels. Lightweight metals like aluminum or magnesium, ceramic foams, and composite materials are also used in the aerospace and aircraft industries. Some of the most widely used alloys are Titanium Aluminum Vanadium (TiAl6V4) and heat-resistant super alloys (HRSAs) such as Inconel 78c.

What are the challenges in selecting aerospace materials?

Aerospace and aircraft materials must be able to withstand extreme high temperatures in environments like jet engines. Strength, durability, corrosion resistance, and thermal stability are important properties, but lightweight materials decrease the overall weight of the aircraft which in turn increase fuel efficiency (and thus decreases cost). Aluminum-Magnesium Alloys) are have typically been used in this capacity, but the industry is increasingly turning to ceramic and composite materials to achieve the goal of decreasing material weights.

What are composite materials?

Advanced composite materials (ACMs) or advanced polymer matrix composites are composed of two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components. Aerospace composites incorporate materials like carbon fibers to create lightweight, stiff, and durable materials .

What are the specifications for aerospace materials?

More information about Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) can be found on the ASTM website. Additionally, a list of common chemicals and substances used in the aerospace and defense industries released by the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) may be viewed here: Aerospace and Defense Declarable Substance List (AD-DSL)

American Elements counts most major aerospace manufacturers as customers including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems. We comply with AS9000 and AS9100 standards to assure we meet the most stringent safety and quality requirements.

American Elements materials are found in numerous airline components from lightweight composites to flight displays in the cockpit to the auxiliary power units (APUs) that keep your coffee warm.

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Innovation Case Study #11: American Elements Assists Teledyne in Creation of New Light Absorbing Coating

#11: American Elements Assists Teledyne in Creation of New Light Absorbing Coating

The Challenge

Ever since the invention of sunglasses at the beginning of the last century, inventors have worked on ways to better protect the eye from the sun's harmful radiation. In 1936, Edwin Land advanced the technology by developing polarized lenses using technology he developed at Polaroid. Polarized lenses remained the state of the art until the 1990s when Teledyne and others began experimenting with optical filters that actually absorbed harmful wavelengths of light rather than merely diverting them from the eye through polarization. Teledyne discovered that one critical elemental layer to this new technology was the element dysprosium, which absorbs light in the yellow-green range. Teledyne turned to American Elements to find a cost effective strategy to thin film depose dysprosium onto an optical substrate.

The Innovation

American Elements engineers met with Teledyne production teams to review equipment and evaporation material options. American Elements came up with the production of a dysprosium fluoride cone that could be inserted into a physical vapor deposition chamber. Tests with the new cones were successful. We then engineered a scale up of the production process making custom molybdenum crucibles for use in melting the material at high temperature in our vacuum furnaces.

The Result

Teledyne's program was intended to create a next generation goggle for U.S. military pilots. Since its development, however, they have found wide use in commercial flight, sportswear, and in industrial applications like welding goggles. At the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, numerous competitors in such events as the Aerials competition could be seen wearing ski goggles based on this technology; an invention not available just 4 years prior at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Selected Products Supplied to the Aerospace Industry

Alumina Fiber Alumina-Silica Fiber Aluminum 2014 Alloy Aluminum 2024 Alloy
Aluminum 3003 Alloy Aluminum 5052 Alloy Aluminum 6061 Alloy Aluminum 7075 Alloy
Aluminum Beryllium Alloy Aluminum Bronze Alloy C95400 Aluminum Bronze Alloy Powder Aluminum Foam
Aluminum Foil Aluminum Granules Aluminum Lithium Alloy Powder Aluminum Magnesium Alloy
Aluminum Magnesium Foil Aluminum Magnesium Powder Aluminum Nanoparticle Dispersion Aluminum Nanoparticles
Aluminum Oxide Discs Aluminum Oxide Foam Aluminum Oxide Foil Aluminum Oxide Powder
Aluminum Phosphate Aluminum Silicon Alloy Aluminum Silicon Foil Aluminum Silicon Magnesium Alloy Powder
Aluminum Silicon Powder Aluminum Silicon Slug Aluminum-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Sputtering Target Ammonium Molybdate Tetrahydrate
Ammonium Paratungstate Antimony Pellets Antimony Tin Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Antimony Tin Oxide Nanoparticles
Barium Sputtering Target Barium Titanate Nanoparticles Beryllium Copper Lithium Alloy Beryllium-Copper Alloy
Bismuth Germanate BGO Bismuth Pellets Bismuth Telluride Powder Bismuth Telluride Sputtering Target
Boron Carbide Powder Boron Ingot Boron Phosphide Boron Powder
Boron Spheres C-103 Niobium Alloy Cadmium Balls Cadmium Hydroxide
Cadmium Parts Cadmium Plate Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticle Dispersion Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles
Calcium Sulfate Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate Calcium Titanate Carbon Fiber
Carbon Nanotubes Cerium Nitrate Hexahydrate Cerium Oxide Bars Cerium Oxide Pieces
Cerium Oxide Powder Cerium Oxide Rods Cerium(III) Citrate Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Alloy Powder
Chromium Flake Chromium Oxide Powder Chromium Rod Chromium Sulfate Solution
Cobalt Chromium Alloy Cobalt Chromium Powder Cobalt Ingot Cobalt Iron Alloy
Cobalt Nitrate Hexahydrate Cobalt Pellets Cobalt Pieces Cobalt Plate
Copper Beryllium Foil Copper Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Oxide Powder Copper Plate
Copper Powder Cordierite Europium Pieces Fused Quartz Powder
Gadolinium Oxide Powder Gallium Ingot Gallium Oxide Powder Gallium-Doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) Nanoparticle Dispersion
Gallium-Doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Germanium Antimony Telluride Sputtering Target Germanium Oxide Powder Germanium Oxide Sputtering Target
Germanium Powder Graphite, Micronized Graphite, Natural Flake Hafnium Acetylacetonate
Hafnium Carbide Powder Hafnium Hydride Hafnium Oxide Granules Hafnium Oxide Pieces
Hafnium Oxide Powder Hafnium Pieces Hafnium Plate Hafnium Powder
Hafnium Sponge Hastelloy B Corrosion Resistant Alloy Hastelloy C-22 Alloy Hastelloy C-276 Alloy
Hastelloy C-276 Foil Hastelloy X Alloy Hastelloy X Powder Havar Alloy Foil
Inconel 601 Alloy Inconel 625 Alloy Inconel 625 Powder Inconel 713C Alloy
Inconel 713C Powder Inconel 718 Alloy Inconel 718 Powder Inconel 738 Alloy
Inconel 825 Alloy Inconel 925 Alloy Inconel Crucible Inconel X-750 Alloy
Inconel X-750 Powder Indium Bismuth Alloy Indium Foil Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) Sputtering Target
Indium Wire Invar 36 Alloy Invar Alloy Foil Invar Alloy Powder
Invar Alloy Rod Invar Alloy Sheets Invar Alloy Tubes Invar Alloy Wire
Iridium on Carbon Iron Acetate Iron Chromium Aluminum Alloy Iron Chromium Aluminum Powder
Iron Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Alloy Iron Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Powder Iron Flake Iron Nickel Alloy
Iron Nickel Powder Iron Silicide Iron Silicide Sputtering Target Iron Silicon Alloy Powder
Iron(II) Acetylacetonate Iron(III) Acetylacetonate Lanthanated Molybdenum Alloy Lanthanum Nitrate Hexahydrate
Lanthanum Strontium Chromite Lead Ingot Lithium Aluminum Hydride Lithium Fluoride Powder
Lithium Magnesium Alloy Lithium Sheet Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Magnesium Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Magnesium Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Magnesium Oxide Bars Magnesium Oxide Rod
Manganese Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Manganese Oxide Powder Manganese(II) Carbonate Hydrate
Maraging Steel Molybdenum Boats Molybdenum Disulfide Ultrafine Powder Molybdenum Foil
Molybdenum Furnace Components Molybdenum Nanoparticle Dispersion Molybdenum Nanoparticles Molybdenum Pellets
Molybdenum Powder Nickel Aluminum Bronze Nickel Chromium Alloy Nickel Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Alloy
Nickel Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Powder Nickel Chromium Cobalt Alloy Nickel Chromium Cobalt Powder Nickel Chromium Iron Molybdenum Alloy
Nickel Chromium Molybdenum Iron Alloy Nickel Chromium Powder Nickel Cobalt Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Alloy Nickel Cobalt Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Powder
Nickel Oxide Powder Nickel Vanadium Sputtering Target Nickel Zinc Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Nickel Zinc Iron Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Niobium Pellets Niobium Plate Niobium Powder Niobium-Titanium Alloy
Palladium(II) Chloride Platinum Iridium Alloy Platinum Iridium Powder Platinum Rhodium Alloy
Platinum Rhodium Powder Platinum Wire Potassium 2-Ethylhexanoate Praseodymium Nitrate
Rhenium Powder Rhodium Nitrate Dihydrate Rhodium Nitrate Solution Ruthenium Oxide Powder
Samarium Cobalt Alloy Scandium Carbide Scintillation Ce:YAG Silicon Carbide Granule
Silicon Carbide Micronwhisker Silicon Carbide Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Carbide Nanoparticles Silicon Dioxide Powder
Silicon Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Nanoparticles Silicon Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Nitride Nanoparticles
Silicon Pieces Silicon Powder Silver Copper Palladium Alloy Silver Magnesium Alloy
Silver Nanoparticles Silver Nitrate Silver Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Silver Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Silver Oxide Powder Silver Rhenium Alloy Sodium Borosilicate Stainless Steel Foam
Stainless Steel Foil Stainless Steel Insulated Wire Stainless Steel Mesh Stainless Steel Nanoparticles
Stainless Steel Powder Stainless Steel Shot Stainless Steel Tube Stainless Steel Wire
Strontium Hydroxide Octahydrate Strontium Pieces Tantalum Pellets Tantalum Powder
Tantalum Tungsten Alloy Tetraammineplatinum(II) Hydrogen Phosphate Thulium Oxide Pieces Tin Nanoparticle Dispersion
Tin Nanoparticles Tin(IV) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Tin(IV) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Titanium - Commercially Pure (CP)
Titanium Aluminide TiAl Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Alloy Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Foil Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Powder
Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Sputtering Target Titanium Based Aluminum Molybdenum Zirconium Alloy Titanium Carbide Powder Titanium Foil
Titanium Granules Titanium Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Nanoparticles Titanium Niobium Alloy
Titanium Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles Titanium Oxide Bars Titanium Oxide Rods
Titanium Pellets Titanium Sponge Titanium Wire Titanium Wool
Titanium(IV) Oxide Powder Tungsten 184 Trioxide Isotope Tungsten Carbide Powder Tungsten Carbide/Cobalt Rod
Tungsten Carbide/Cobalt Sheet Tungsten Carbide/Cobalt Tube Tungsten Carbide/Cobalt Wire Tungsten Copper Alloy
Tungsten Crucibles Tungsten Foil Tungsten Nanoparticle Dispersion Tungsten Nanoparticles
Tungsten Nickel Copper Alloy Tungsten Pellets Tungsten Powder Tungsten Tube
TZM Molybdenum Alloy TZM Molybdenum Alloy Bars TZM Molybdenum Alloy Powder TZM Molybdenum Alloy Rod
Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Yttrium Oxide Powder Yttrium Powder
Zinc Molybdate Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Acetate Solution Zirconium Acetylacetonate
Zirconium Carbide Powder Zirconium Carbide Tile Zirconium Diboride Sputtering Target Zirconium Foil
Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Tungstate Zirconium(IV) Oxide, Yttria Stabilized Pellets