The Aerospace Industry is a major precision manufacturing industry that justifiably employ Blast processes Surface Preparation and Finishing. The industry is identfied by several divisional disciplines and each have many applications.
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The aerospace industry has in place and operates one of the most stringent critical component part process control together with detailed procedure compliances.
This industry is split four ways:
- Engine Turbines
- Air Frame
- New Producer
New Engine Turbines
- The finishing of jet engine housings – with large automated airblast /wetblast machines.
- Turbine shaft preparation.
- Etching the surface to a specification, prior to ceramic and other coatings being applied.
- Descaling of the forged turbine blades and removal of glass.
- Removal of ceramic after investment casting.
- Descaling of the hot end investment cast blades.
- Descaling of the investment cast stators.
- The descaling and de-burring of turbine discs in airblast or wet blast machines by fixturing.
- The stripping of ceramic for inspection maintenance, non-destruct testing (NDT) etc.
- Preparation of the seal rings prior to hard surfacing.
New Air Frame Component Manufacturers
- The de-burring and surface finishing of airframe components, usually of aerospace aluminium alloys. Processes usually involve the use of long, straight conveyor machines – sometimes fitted with inlet/outlet vestibules. Machines can be supplied for wing spars and stringers which can be as long as required.
- Shot peening/stress relieving of various aerospace components including stringers, flaps, landing gear, brake components and aircraft wheel sets.
- Surface preparation of aircraft seating frames.
Engine Turbine Overhaul
- The re-finishing of jet engine housings – with large automated airblast /wetblast machines.
- Turbine shaft re-preparation after inspection and repair.
- Re-etching the surface to a specification, prior to ceramic and other coatings being re-applied.
- Surface preparation of the hot end cast blades.
- Surface preparation of the cast stators.
- The surface preparation of turbine discs in airblast or wet blast machines after fixturing.
- The stripping of ceramic for inspection maintenance, non-destructive test (NDT) etc.
- Re-preparation of the seal rings, prior to hard surfacing.
Air Frame and Undercarriage Overhaul
- Stress relief /re-peening of repaired components such as flaps, drives, sprockets.
- Removal of applied surface coatings prior to inspection, non-destructive testing (NDT), possible repair / requalification or renewal replacement.
- Stress relief /re-peening of repaired components such as landing gear and mechanism, aircraft wheels and braking systems.
- Fuselage paint removal, using a soft, non-abrasive media, prior to inspection and re-painting in the desired livery.
- Cockpit re-furbishment, in a confined area, using sponge media to avoid dust being generated in a sensitive area.
- Radome, refurbishment – an automated system of stripping before inspection and recoating.
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Other industries that justifiably employ dry and wet blast processes:
- Base Metal and Fabrication
- Maintaining and Cleaning
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Shot Blasting Technical Manager