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Why 4130 Steel Makes the Grade in Aeronautical Manufacturing

December 11, 2012 -

Traveling requires a lot of thought and planning - beyond just the ticket price (and now the cost to check a bag), there are the travel arrangements, rental cars, house-sitters, airport delays, and a host of other factors to consider when you're about to get on a plane. One thing that you don't have to worry about - and that you probably would never want to worry about - is the grade of steel used to manufacture the aircraft's mechanisms.

Benedict-Miller supplies aircraft quality 4130 steel, a grade of steel that is set apart due to its capability to retain good toughness at higher strength levels. This allows for the use of thinner or less material for whatever part is being made. 4130 is an excellent choice when strong but lightweight steel tubing is needed - something that aircraft manufacturing takes into account due to its chemical composition and microstructure.

The process behind the development and the chemical structure of 4130 alloy steel is a bit dry, however it is important to note that this particular grade of steel's properties don't alter with time (this is a process called “aging”). There's also the fact that 4130 alloy steel is somewhat corrosion resistant which is helpful when creating aircraft materials. This sets the 4130 grade steel apart in dependability, which makes it a natural choice for the manufacturing of aeronautical components like fuselage safety cages.

We supply several aircraft manufacturers with Benedict-Miller's 4130 steel and are able to customize any order. We stand behind our products and services and make sure that our customers are 100% satisfied - guaranteed. One less thing to worry about when you're in a plane, knowing that Benedict-Miller's got your safety covered.


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