Safety of an Aircraft

1300 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
The aircraft relies heavily on the structural integrity of the landing gear to take off and land without failure. For military aircraft such as the Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornet, it becomes paramount not only as a safety factor for the pilot, but as a frontline defender for the Nation, that the operation is not inhibited in times of war. There are many factors that can be detrimental to the failure of a landing gear, one contributor being the presence of corrosion on structural items. Throughout the life of the aircraft or landing gear more specifically, the exposure to operating environments vary greatly due to the capability that the fighter aircraft must produce. As a result, there may be many different causes for corrosion, yet only a handful of ways to combat them. Some of the prevention methods include material selection and design, environmental conditions and protective coatings.

Every material that is a possible candidate for the use within aircraft has a flaw. Generally it is a trade-off between tensile strength/durability, and the resistance to corrode. However, the most prominent material used in landing gear for an aircraft is steel. This is due to its toughness and strength compared to that of aluminium components. Newer to the market though, is the introduction of titanium and composite components of the landing gear. Titanium offers the…
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