Use in Aircraft, Rocket Exteriors and Structural Applications
Aircraft, rocket exterior materials and structural materials all require superb strength but must be lightweight. Consequently, a material known as duralimin―a type 2000 alloy with a strength on a par with steel―and type 7000 alloy―which is one of the strongest types of aluminum―are used. The Company uses various facilities and testing equipment, such as a large-scale quenching (heat treatment) furnace and supersonic flaw detector to produce materials that meet the high quality demands of the aerospace industry.
- Aircraft materials are manufactured to strict standards, such as the AS9100 standard, and special process is under stringent management at Nadcap-certified factories.
- Materials are placed in solution in large-scale quenching furnaces, adding fatigue characteristics to the high strength that they gain during heat treating and baking, resulting in high-strength heat treated materials.
- 1230 alloy and 2024 alloy can be combined and surface-polished to create a product that maintains an attractive surface and offers superior strength and corrosion resistance (polished skin sheet).
Regulatory Approval Status
- Acquired AS9100 certification for aircraft materials
- Acquired Nadcap certification related to specialty processes
Certification status of Fukui Works
|Alloys, processes||Applicable regulation|
|Ultrasonic flaw detection||AMS-STD-2154|
Size of Typical Aircraft Materials
|By alloy and quality||Typical size (mm)|
* 2024C-T3 is a polished skin sheet.
Fabrication ranges for aircraft materials (Heat-treated alloy QQA-SPEC)
|Sheet, etc.||Maximum width||Maximum length|