Steel may be a common alloy but what happens when researchers attempt to turn it into super steel?
Developing ultra-high-strength alloys is a challenging task as it often ends up exposing weaknesses in other areas. Creating super steel requires a fine balance between all the different properties and a breakthrough has emerged, defying convention.
Deep hole drilling (DHD) is a residual stress
measurement technique that is used across various sectors to measure locked-in
and applied stresses. It’s often referred to as gun drilling, a prominent
method in engineering materials and components. The process involves
specialised equipment and knowledge to maintain the straightness and tight
tolerances required for some components.
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest disciplines that combines engineering physics and mathematical principles with materials science. It involves the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems.
The fundamentals of mechanical engineering go back
thousands of years, emerging as a field during the Industrial Revolution in
Europe. It continued to evolve and, today, mechanical engineers are involved in
areas such as composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology.
The aerospace sector wouldn’t exist today without
outsourced, precision engineering services and components. While the majority
of land vehicles are designed, constructed and tested in-house, the same does
not apply to most aircraft.
Considering the number and diversity of aeroplane,
spacecraft, satellite and helicopter components, aerospace engineering relies heavily
on production chains and outsourced projects. It’s a complex process as each part
or component must be designed and built to fit in with the overall plan.
In a world dominated by air travel and global concerns
around emissions, engineering innovation needs to be at the forefront. Airbus has
done just that as they revealed a new aircraft design that could revolutionise
the aviation industry.