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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 6061 Alloy Powder 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 Alloy Nanopowder
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 Nanoparticles / Nanopowder 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 Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Inconel 625 Powder Inconel 690 Alloy Inconel 693 Alloy Inconel 713C Alloy
Inconel 713C Powder Inconel 718 Alloy Inconel 718 Alloy Nanoparticles / Nanopowder 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