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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

(5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% High Purity Gallium Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% High Purity Silicon Powder (5N) 99.999% Yttrium Oxide
10-2-3 Titanium Alloy Alumina Fiber Alumina-Silica Fiber Aluminum 2014 Alloy
Aluminum 2024 Alloy Aluminum 3003 Alloy Aluminum 5052 Alloy Aluminum 5052 Sputtering Target
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 Beryllium-Copper Foil 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 Fabric Carbon Fiber
Carbon Nanotubes Cerium Oxide Bars Cerium Oxide Pieces Cerium Oxide Powder
Cerium Oxide Rods Cerium(III) Citrate Cerium(III) Nitrate Hexahydrate Chromium Aluminum Yttrium Alloy Powder
Chromium Carbide - Nickel Chromium Composite Powder Chromium Flake Chromium Oxide Powder Chromium Rod
Chromium Sulfate Solution Cobalt Chromium Alloy Cobalt Chromium Nickel Iron Molybdenum Manganese Alloy Cobalt Chromium Powder
Cobalt Ingot Cobalt Iron Alloy Cobalt Nitrate Hexahydrate Cobalt Pellets
Cobalt Pieces Cobalt Plate Copper Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Oxide Powder
Copper Plate Copper Powder Cordierite Europium Dendritic Pieces
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 690 Alloy Inconel 693 Alloy 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 Blocks Indium Cubes
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 Blocks
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 Cb-752 Alloy
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 Dendritic Pieces 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 Blocks
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 Blocks 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 Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Acetate Solution Zirconium Acetylacetonate
Zirconium Blocks Zirconium Carbide Powder Zirconium Carbide Tile Zirconium Cubes
Zirconium Diboride Sputtering Target Zirconium Foil Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zirconium Tungstate Zirconium(IV) Oxide, Yttria Stabilized Pellets