Welding is a fabrication method that is often used to join metals and thermoplastics together, relying on high heat to conjoin parts through fusion. Welding is practiced for the manufacturing of countless assemblies, even finding many uses in the realm of aviation for aircraft part construction. Despite this, there are certain areas of an aircraft in which welding cannot be used, necessitating a reliance on fasteners and other solutions for securing assemblies. In this blog, we will discuss the most common aircraft parts and sections that cannot be welded, allowing you to better be aware of the limitations of such practices in the aerospace industry.
 
When aircraft are designed and manufactured, engineers will often seek ways to improve maintenance, inspection, and repeatability. Additionally, the various stressors that aircraft face as they fly through intensive environments demand that assemblies perform without failure across the board. While welding has been relied on for metal bonding since the 1800s, its joining characteristics are unable to meet the expected requirements of aircraft for certain parts and systems.
 
Aircraft are primarily constructed with the use of aluminum, due to the fact that such materials are inexpensive and boast an optimal strength-to-weight ratio. While highly beneficial for optimal aerodynamics, aluminum has a low heat tolerance that causes the material to weaken and change when exposed to high temperatures. As the heat produced during welding is enough to affect the properties of aluminum, it is detrimental to carry out such practices for aircraft assembly. Rivets, on the other hand, allow for pieces of aluminum to be connected together without weakening the structure to a significant degree. Riveted joints also boast increased strength and rigidity, allowing them to be highly reliable as an aircraft travels at high speeds in the atmosphere.
 
Another major limitation of welding is its repeatability, that of which is a major concern in the aerospace industry for the means of guaranteeing safety and performance standards. If an engineer follows the standard steps for installing rivets or similar fastener types, each installation should feature very similar strength and reliability. As such, one can better gauge the capabilities of a given joint with a fastener. With welding, on the other hand, repeatability is increasingly difficult due to an engineer having less precise control over the fusion process.
 
Alongside repeatability is the ease of inspection, allowing operators to better ensure that all parts are airworthy and dependable for safety. With fasteners, one only needs to conduct a visual inspection a majority of the time to ensure the assembly is secure. Meanwhile, welded joints necessitate the use of a specialized machine or system capable of testing such joints. With the large time constraints and quick turnaround times that are common in the aerospace industry, the need for rapid testing and inspections is high.
 
Although fasteners surpass welding in some aspects for aviation applications, there are various parts of an aircraft that rely on metal fusion for assembly. Generally, welding is used for repairing aircraft components, joining thin metal sheets together, and manufacturing structures such as the exhaust system, access doors, engine mounts, filters, tube assemblies, and more. If you need a welding machine or products for cable welding, bolt welding, brush welding, and other processes, there is no better alternative to Jet Parts 360.
 
Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components where you can compare quotes for every aviation product we offer. With over 2 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find items readily available for purchase at any time, we are sure to fulfill all your part needs with ease. To save customers time and money, we leverage our purchasing power and market expertise. Furthermore, our supply chain network stretching across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom enables us to provide expedited shipping to meet time constraints. Experience the future of part procurement today when you begin the purchasing process with Jet Parts 360.


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Airplanes are some of the most meticulously designed vehicles in engineering. While it is easy to appreciate the apparent flight control surfaces like the wings, elevators, and rudder, hundreds of other equally important components in the plane's interior contribute to safe operation. In this blog, we will be discussing the design and function of an aircraft's various bulkheads.


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When it comes down to the different components within an electric flight power system, connectors may be one of the most important. Connectors are used to connect batteries to speed controls, and speed controls to motors. Performance can be severely impacted by these connections, and poor connections can rob the systems of power, cause a meltdown, or result in a fire.
 
There are several different types of electric flight power connectors; however, this blog will only be giving an overview of the most commonly used. The three most common types include Anderson Power Pole, Sermos, and Lightspeed Super-Conn connectors. These connectors are all designed by Anderson, and they are often referred to as Sermos connectors because Sermos is their primary distributor.
           
These connectors, often referred to as Anderson DC cables, are designed to withstand being plugged in with the power turned on. When the connecting surfaces mate, the first parts to make contact are not the parts that will be touching once the connector is fully seated. As a result, arcing will not damage the part of the connector that typically carries the current.
 
Different from other connectors that contain a housing for both a positive and a negative connection, Sermos connectors come in individual connections. The connectors are genderless, and they are usually red or black. The connector housings have interlocking slots that allow them to be arranged in either side-by-side or stacked polarized pairs. A non-polarized approach, however, does not prevent the two batteries from being plugged in together. In order to avoid this scenario, the battery connectors can be arranged in a side-by-side form. While Sermos connectors are usually really long, making them less optimal for small planes, they are a good choice if you prefer to use connectors on both ends of the speed controls. By assembling the battery end side-by-side, and the motor end stacked, you are less likely to plug the battery directly into the motor.
 
Each connector housing contains an internal leaf spring that is responsible for pressing the contact against the mating connector’s spring. In order to assemble one connector, a wire is inserted into the metal connector’s solder cup, the cup should be heated with a good soldering iron, and the wick is then soldered into it. When cool, the connector can be slid into the housing from the back until it clicks into place.
 
Benefits of these electric flight power connectors include that they are quiet and clean, and as a result, the lack of noise pollution makes them ideal for aircraft flying over urban areas. Oftentimes after each flight, fuel residue can build up on your model, though this is not the case with electric power connectors. More than the benefits electric power connectors provide, making sure you are using the proper power connectors for your system is important because low quality or incorrectly sized connectors can increase the resistance to wiring which can produce heat or loss of power. Additionally, it is crucial to use as few connectors as possible to maximize your system’s efficiency.

If you find yourself in need of Anderson DC cables, Sermos products and components, or other specialized aircraft items, look no further than Jet Parts 360, a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components. Jet Parts 360 has an expansive inventory of over 3 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find parts available on our optimized interface for ease-of-use. As an AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015, and FAA AC 00-56B certified and accredited enterprise, our items are subject to a number of quality control measures to ensure that you always receive superior quality products. Give our team members a call, or email an account manager today to get started on the procurement process.


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Aircraft can come in many shapes and sizes, accommodating particular design requirements, applications, and needs. When observing various aircraft, you may have noticed that some airliners feature a lower tailplane while others may have what is known as a T-tail. While differing from a majority of designs found on commercial airliners, these T-tails serve a significant role in flight.
 
Across all aircraft designs, the tail serves to establish stability and control throughout a flight operation. The vertical stabilizer comes in the form of small wing-like structures that protrude from the main tail near the end of the fuselage. The horizontal stabilizer, meanwhile, will feature the elevators and flight control surfaces that enable attitude management. For most commercial airliners, the horizontal stabilizer is in line with the fuselage, placed at the base of the tail. The T-tail structure, meanwhile, features the horizontal stabilizer at the top of the tail fin.
 
T-tail structures are not entirely common, often being found on models such as the Boeing 717 (formally the McDonnell Douglas MD-95) and the Boeing 727. Both of these aircraft feature fuselage-mounted engines, that of which is common to T-tail aircraft design. Numerous small to midsize jets also feature T-tails in the modern day, including the Bombardier CRJ Series, the BAe 146, Embraer ERJ, and various Learjet and Gulfstream business jets. One may even find T-tails on some military and transport aircraft, allowing for an increased clearance for the benefit of loading operations.

In theory, there is little difference between standard tail designs and T-tail designs as both enable the tail to function as intended with the use of all needed flight control systems. Nevertheless, T-tail placement is due to the properties of airflow, such designs ensuring that tail structures are situated far from the disturbed airflow present behind the wings and engines. As such, T-tail designs are necessary when the aircraft has fuselage mounted engines.
 
With a high horizontal stabilizer also comes various improvements in terms of short-field performance. When airflow is disturbed around a low placed stabilizer, such aircraft may become fairly difficult to manage while traveling at low speeds. With increased control during low speed operations, short take-off and landing capabilities are enhanced.
 
While such benefits can be very advantageous, larger modern jets still maintain the more conventional tail design. This is due to various reasons, one of which is the fact that the lower horizontal stabilizer is much easier to install and maintain. Additionally, such aircraft typically feature strong engines and operate on standard sized runways, meaning that the short-field performance increases provided by T-tail designs are not as beneficial.
 
One of the biggest reasons for the lack of T-tails on such aircraft, however, is for the avoidance of deep stall conditions. While traveling at a high angle of attack, the disruption of airflow caused by the high horizontal stabilizer can cause a loss of pitch control. While many modern T-tail aircraft now have ample modifications to warn of impending stalls, a lower tail configuration would avoid this issue entirely.
 
If you find yourself in need of T-tail, boat tail, gear shaft tail, or bracket tail section components, look no further than Jet Parts 360. Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components, and customers can compare quotes for every aviation product that we list. Take the time to explore our vast catalogs as you see fit, and our team of industry experts is readily on standby 24/7x365 to assist you throughout the purchasing process however necessary. Fill out and submit an RFQ form through our website and experience how Jet Parts 360 can fulfill all your operational needs with ease.


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In order for a local area network to relay data packets between devices, a component known as a network switch is often used. Unlike a router that may manage data across multiple devices and networks simultaneously, a network switch is specifically intended for directing data towards a single device. In this blog, we will discuss network switches, their common types, and uses, allowing you to better understand typical network configurations and assemblies.
 
Routers are often compared to network switches due to their similar functionalities, though they both differ in their exact capabilities. With a router, data packets can be directed to destinations while crossing networks. Generally, routers can take advantage of LANs, wide area networks, and other large networks that the Internet is composed of. As such, a router serves as a gateway for devices to access the Internet and all it has to offer.
 
Network switches, on the other hand, are then used to relay data packets between interconnected devices. Network switches are also not a requirement for most home networks and small businesses, while routers are always required for connection to the Internet. Nevertheless, network switches are very useful for when a large amount of Ethernet ports are required, such as when multiple hardwired connections are established. Additionally, network switches become a requirement when a space consists of dozens or hundreds of workstations.
 
When procuring network switches, such components may either operate on an OSI layer 2 or layer 3. Layer 2 switches, which operate on the data link layer, serve to forward data as determined by the destination’s MAC address. Layer 3 switches, which operate on the network layer, take advantage of IP addresses for forwarding data to its destination. Layer 2 switches are the most commonly used device, connected to computers through the use of Ethernet cables that plug into Ethernet ports. In some instances, one may be able to procure switches that are capable of operating on both layers for increased functionality.
 
Unmanaged switches are a specialized network switch, allowing for an increased amount of Ethernet ports to be established on a local area network. Such components are beneficial for allowing more devices to access the Internet, and they can direct data between devices utilizing MAC addresses. Unmanaged switches also enhance control over traffic prioritization for network administrators and can allow for networks to be divided into Virtual LANs.
 
Before committing to a specific switch, it can be helpful to know the difference between MAC and IP addresses as some switches may only be capable of taking advantage of one or the other. All devices that have Internet connectivity have an IP address, those of which are alphanumeric strings of codes that serve as a sort of mailing address for networks. IP addresses may be static or dynamic as well, some changing every time they establish a new connection. MAC addresses, on the other hand, are permanently assigned to every piece of hardware like a serial number and are unchangeable. As such, MAC addresses are used outside of Internet traffic and are important for internetwork functionalities.
 
Whether you are interested in network switches, an NRP network switch, or other various IT hardware, there is no better alternative to Jet Parts 360. Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components, and customers can receive quotes to compare for every aviation product we have in stock. Due to our dedication to quality control standards and export compliance initiatives, we operate with AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015, and FAA AC 00-56B certification and accreditation. Initiate the purchasing process today and see how Jet Parts 360 can fulfill all your operational needs quickly and easily.


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While a number of networks now rely on Wi-Fi for devices to interface with the Internet, such technology is often unable to match the speed, reliability, and security of Ethernet cables. Ethernet is a set of networking technology standards, permitting communication between computer stations, printers, and other various electronic equipment. Serving as a component that helps establish wired networks, such cables allow the creation of a local area network that may be useful for many reasons.
 
In general, Ethernet cables have the appearance of a traditional phone cable, albeit coming in a much larger size for the cable diameter and connector interface. The plug and its shape is also quite similar, though double the amount of wires are typically present within the Ethernet cable. Ethernet cables also come in a wide variety of colors, but their ports are always the same. Ethernet ports may be present in a number of areas, including PC motherboard connection points, wall Ethernet plugs, routers, modems, and more.
 
With an Ethernet cord, electronic devices may be connected to one another with the use of ports and connectors. Once two devices are connected through cabling, signal transfer may be conducted with ease, allowing for communications on a local network. Ethernet cables are commonly used for connecting computers and devices to modems and Internet access points, permitting a hard connection to the Internet for security and reliability.
 
Ethernet cables follow one or more industry standards that have been developed over the years, common ones ranging from Category 5 to Category 8 cables. These standards are typically referred to as CAT5 or CAT8 when searching for purchasable parts. Additionally, Ethernet cables also may either be solid or stranded types, each of which present varying characteristics. Solid Ethernet cables are capable of providing high amounts of performance and protection against electrical interference, often implemented for business networks, offices, and laboratories. Stranded Ethernet cables, on the other hand, are designed with increased physical protection, making them very transportable and beneficial for consumer use.
 
When procuring Ethernet switch, cable, and connector components, it is crucial that one understands the inherent limitations of certain parts. A cable will always have a specific maximum distance capacity, that of which is the distance a signal can travel before losing quality or power. Distance and signal capacity is often determinable by a particular cable’s CAT standard, CAT5 cables being able to send signals upwards of 328 feet while CAT6 cables can reach up to 700 feet. The CAT standard also dictates the maximum data rate, and CAT5 cables feature a max data rate of 1000Mbps while more modern CAT8 cables are capable of transferring upwards of 40Gbps. Despite these increased qualities, higher performance cables will often have an increased price, thus the decision will often fall upon the particular individual’s network requirements and financial capabilities.
 
Ethernet cables may be beneficial for a number of systems and applications, thus it can be advantageous to acquire such components for establishing or modifying a network. Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components, providing customers the ability to compare quotes for every product that we carry. Dedicated to quality, we ensure that all parts have undergone various measures such as visual inspections, document verification, testing, and more as needed. Furthermore, we are also the only independent distributor with a strict no China sourcing pledge, meaning that all items ship alongside their qualifying certifications and manufacturing trace documentation as applicable. Give our team members a call or email today to get started on the procurement process, and we will be happy to help you every step of the way.


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While glass cockpits were once an exciting new technology proposing to revolutionize the aircraft flight deck, glass avionics now are a staple that are even retrofitted into older aircraft as an emerging standard. Unlike the more conventional analog cockpit avionics, gauges, and systems that have long served aircraft for many years, advanced cockpit and canopy configurations have introduced computers, keyboards, and digital displays that have radically changed how a pilot may receive and manage flight systems and data. As there are still a number of aircraft that are obtainable with an analog cockpit, understanding the differences between the two can help one make a decision for which they would like to fly with.
 
 The analog cockpit is a design that has long served aviation since its early days, and such configurations consist of a number of indicators, gauges, instruments, and electromechanical controls. With the complexity of some systems, many flights once required an engineer and two pilots to operate all controls. Analog systems also often require much of the space of the cockpit and canopy, competing over each other for the pilot’s attention as they manage the aircraft throughout a flight. While very reliable in some regards due to operations being based on mechanical systems, gyroscopes, aneroids, and other components, the complexity could be considered a drawback.
 
After decades of research and development, the frame assembly glass cockpit and its electronic flight instrument systems began to be implemented within commercial aircraft during the late 1990s and general aviation aircraft in the 2000s. Unlike the conventional cockpit avionics and systems of analogue setups, glass cockpits introduced the digital primary flight display which consolidated the main set of flight instruments, a multifunction display featuring moving maps and weather, and other more advanced parts. With the introduction of such systems, more flexibility and ease of use was achieved for the benefit of flight.
 
 As compared to analog cockpit assemblies, the glass cockpit provides most important information on a single screen, allowing for pilots to reduce the amount of scanning required for reading measurements. Nevertheless, training is required for understanding the controls and functionality of systems, and there is a lack of standardization across manufacturer equipment. As a result, pilots must learn each system if multiple aircraft are flown. The fewer amount of mechanical parts in a glass cockpit also means that there is less need for regular maintenance and overhaul, making such systems very reliable. Glass cockpit systems do require backup instruments for redundancy, however, and are dependent on electrical power for operations.
 
Due to the addition of electronic displays, computerized systems, and enhanced controls, glass cockpits permit much more flexibility as displays may be customizable in their configuration. Additionally, engine performance displays can also be integrated for more ease of monitoring systems and conditions. With analogue systems, on the other hand, each instrument is limited to a single function for which it was designed. With customization and consolidation also comes visibility, ensuring that a pilot has little trouble accessing the information they need, avoiding the distance and parallax issues that often occur with round dials.
 
Beyond such examples, there are also differences in the ability to set alerts, utilize newer connectivity features, and much more. While glass cockpits are more advanced and may bring various forms of enhanced capabilities to the aircraft, they tend to be more expensive initially. As a result, the choice between the two will often come down to a pilot’s familiarity with systems or their willingness to learn, their financial abilities, and requirements. When it comes time to begin sourcing the analog or glass cockpit parts and components that you require for your operations, there is no better alternative to Jet Parts 360.
 
Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components, offering customers competitive quotes for every aviation product for their comparisons. We invite you to peruse our massive part catalogs at your leisure, and our team of industry experts are always on standby 24/7x365 to assist you through the purchasing process as necessary. Give our team members a call or email today and see how we can help you fulfill all your operational requirements quickly and easily.


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While many gas turbines are regularly used as the engine of an aircraft, they can also serve natural-gas-fueled power plants for the means of electrical generation. As a longstanding technology, gas turbines are one of the most widely-used assemblies for power production, and they operate through the properties of internal combustion. While gas turbines are complex machines that can come in various forms, their main sections and general operations tend to remain the same. In this blog, we will discuss the functionality of gas turbines, allowing you to better understand how they may be used for the generation of electricity.
 
 Across gas turbine types, the three primary sections of the assembly are the compressor, the combustion system, and the turbine. The compressor is tasked with drawing air into the engine before increasing its pressure and speed through varying means. Gas turbine engine compressors may be axial, centrifugal, or mixed flow in their design, and each presents its varying advantages. For power generation, however, the axial design is the most widely used variation due to its high flow rate capability and efficiency. Once air has sufficiently been pressurized by the compressor, it is then sent into the combustion chamber at speeds reaching hundreds of miles per hour.
 
The combustion system, or combustion chamber, is the section of the turbine where the ignition of fuel-and-air mixtures takes place. As the high pressure air enters the assembly, it passes through a ring of fuel injectors which spray a consistent stream of fuel so that it may be mixed into the air. With the use of spark plugs or another ignition device, the pressurized fuel-and-air mixture may be ignited at a temperature surpassing 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. As the mixture is ignited, it produces quickly expanding gases with high pressure and heat. This expanding gas forces its way out of the combustion system and is then passed into the turbine assembly.
 
The turbine section consists of aerofoil blades that are organized in an array of stationary and rotating sections that alternate. As the hot and expanding combustion gases pass through the blade gas turbine assembly, they force the blades to begin spinning at high speeds. With the rotational force of the turbine blades, power can be used to drive the compressor for continuing the intake of air as well as spin a generator for electricity generation.
 
When using a gas turbine for power generation, having the highest fuel-to-power efficiency possible is best for operations. One of the biggest factors for fuel-to-power ratios is operating temperatures, and higher temperatures tend to lead to increased efficiency and savings. As there can be various parts that are at risk of damage due to the intense heat of such operations, cooling air may be used from the compressor to increase thermal management for the protection of sensitive components. Another method to increase efficiency is to use a recuperator or heat recovery steam generator in order to take advantage of exhaust for more energy. While a simplistic gas turbine may only be capable of reaching an energy conversion efficiency rate of 20-35%, high-end systems with proper thermal management, recuperators, or other equipment can reach up to 80% efficiency.
 
 Through the various steps of the combustion process, fuel and air may be used to create large amounts of energy that is harnessed by the turbine for the means of electrical generation. When you are in need of reliable gas turbine assembly products such as bolt gas turbine parts, compressor components, spark plugs, and more, look no further than Jet Parts 360. Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components, and we provide customers the ability to compare quotes for every aviation product we carry through the use of our RFQ service. Initiate the request for quote process today and experience how Jet Parts 360 can serve as your strategic sourcing partner.


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A transponder is a subsystem that provides the connecting link between the transmission and reception antennas of a satellite or aircraft. It is among the most important subsystems within the aerospace and aviation segments. A transponder effectively performs the functions of both a transmitter and receiver/responder in a satellite. Therefore, the name ‘transponder’ comes from the combination of transmitter and responder.
 
Transponders perform two main functions. The first is to amplify a received input signal, and the second is to translate the frequency of the signal. Generally speaking, differing frequency values are chosen for both uplink and downlink in order to prevent interference between the transmitted and received signals. The process of a signal moving through a transponder looks like this:
 
Satellite/Antenna > Duplexer > Low Noise Amplifier > Carrier Processor > Power Amplifier > Duplexer > Satellite/Antenna
 
This is a basic explanation of a transponder’s operation, but let’s take a look at each part. The satellite or antenna receives a signal and sends it to the duplexer. The duplexer is a two-way microwave gate that receives the uplink signal from the satellite antenna. The signal then moves to the low noise amplifier (LNA) which receives the weak signal and amplifies it. The carrier processor then performs the frequency down conversion of the received signal. The function of this block determines the type of transponder. The power amplifier then amplifies the power of the frequency down-converted signal to the required level and sends it back to the duplexer. From here, the duplexer transmits the downlink satellite to the antenna, which finally responds by outputting a signal.
 
As stated, the function of the carrier processor determines the type of transponder. There are two types of transponders. These are bent pipe transponders and regenerative transponders. Bent pipe transponders receive microwave frequency signals. They convert the frequency of the input signal to RF frequency and subsequently amplify it. Bent pipe transponders are also referred to as repeaters and conventional transponders. They are suitable for both analog and digital signals.
 
Regenerative transponders perform the functions of frequency translation and amplification just as bent pipe transponders do. The difference is that, in addition to these two functions, regenerative transponders also perform the demodulation of the RF carrier to baseband, regeneration of signals, and modulation. Regenerative transponders are also known as processing transponders. They are only suitable for digital signals, but offer the advantages of improved signal to noise ratio (SNR) and improved flexibility of implementation.
 
Transponders first came into use to help military authorities identify friendly aircraft, which would transmit a coded signal when interrogated by military radar. This practice was known as IFF, or Identification Friend or Foe. Transponders have since become popular in civil aviation as well, where it is standard practice to allocate a specific transponder code to each aircraft in controlled airspace. This allows authorities to identify specific aircraft on crowded radar screens using secondary surveillance radar. Transponders are critical to air traffic management, where they are used for many purposes including aircraft identification, enhancement of the controllers’ situational awareness, and development of air traffic control tools and safety nets.
 
For all types of transponders and their associated parts, look no further than Jet Parts 360. Owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all types of parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, defense, electronics, industrial, and IT hardware markets. Our account managers are always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@jetparts360.com or call us at 1-708-387-7800. Let us show you why we consider ourselves the future of purchasing.


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Valves are common components for a great number of systems, allowing for various devices to control the flow of fluids. Depending on the particular application, the types of valves used for assemblies will often depend on particular needs and requirements. With a valve type known as the disk valve, the flow of fluids can be regulated with its ability to restrict or completely obstruct flow. While simplistic by themselves, disk valves are often a closure device for larger assemblies, assisting operations as parts of check valves, gate valves, butterfly valves, and other such types. With a variety of sizes, actuation methods, and other characteristics available, disk valves can serve a number of systems and uses.
 
The operation of the disk valve assembly will often depend upon the device that it is a part of. Nevertheless, the valve disk regularly serves as the primary pressure boundary of a system, and its positioning will dictate the flow of fluids. As valve disks will often be tasked with impeding the flow and force of fluids while in a sealed position, such components are manufactured with hardened metals for increased strength. To ensure that the disk is able to close itself with force, various disk valve actuator assembly parts may be used. As disk valves can differ in their basic operations depending on their type, it can be useful to know about the most common variations that are used across industries. Generally, the three primary types of disk valve assemblies are butterfly valves, disk check valves, and sanitary disk valves.
 
With the butterfly valve type, a disk is used in order to completely shut off a pipeline as needed. Similar to disk valves in general, the butterfly valve type has many designs and arrangements, though the most common are the zero offset, double offset, and triple offset variants. The zero offset type best serves devices exhibiting up to 200 psi and 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and they utilize a disk that can rotate within the middle of the pipe. With the double offset type, higher performance and pressure handling is achieved with the use of two offset stems that create a cam action upon movement of the disk. Triple offset valves have three offset stems for their assembly, and this allows them to create a uniform seal that is frictionless.
 
With the disk check valve type, such components allow for non-return or non-reverse flow. As a disk valve assembly that provides checks for a system, such valves ensure that fluids can not move backwards once they have surpassed a certain point. In order to close off the valve, components such as spring-loaded, tilting, or folding disk rotary mechanisms may be used. With any of the aforementioned methods of shut off, the valve disk itself functions to prevent any possible backflow.
 
The sanitary valve has functions that are very similar to the other types, though its difference lies in the fact that they are used for ensuring sanitation and abiotic conditions. With a rounded disk for the assembly, fluids can flow through the valve smoothly. With various types available such as the ball disk valve or clamp disk valve, sanitary disk valves are regularly found in applications dealing with beverages, food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, dairy, and more. To ensure their optimal functionality and robust characteristics, such valves are regularly manufactured from stainless steel.
 
With the various types of disk valves available, a number of systems can benefit from the ability to slow or impede the flow of fluids. Jet Parts 360 is a trusted distributor of aircraft parts and other aerospace components, and customers can compare quotes for every aviation product that we offer. If there are particular items from our inventory that you are interested in, we ask that you fill out and submit an Instant RFQ form as provided on our website, and a dedicated account manager will reach out to you in 15 minutes or less to provide a unique solution to your needs.


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