Possibly one of the most complex systems in an aircraft, the air conditioning system works around the clock to keep passengers cool and comfortable. During its working process, the air conditioning system pulls air from the engine that has been heated up during the various compressor stages. This air is known as bleed air, and it is typically pulled from the low-pressure or intermediate stages of the high-pressure compressor. Occasionally, the air can be bled from the high-pressure stage of the compressor when lower stage bleed air is not sufficient. Typically, this bleed air is incredibly hot, which means it must be put through a pre-cooling stage before it can be dispensed into the cabin.
Thermometers are incredibly useful, but what happens when the temperatures get too high to use them, like in a furnace? Enter pyrometers, which are instruments developed to measure higher temperatures without contact by using optical devices. By measuring an object’s electromagnetic radiation, pyrometers can determine its temperature. Specifically, pyrometers are devices which measure the thermal and infrared radiation that is emitting from an object in order to determine its temperature without direct contact. When temperatures of an object exceed 65 degrees Celsuis, touching it would melt a thermocouple, thermistor, or thermometer. Other situations in which you might need to use a pyrometer include other instances where touching the object would damage the temperature measurement device, when the object is incredibly hazardous, or when the object is in motion and is difficult to pin down for a temperature reading. A hot object will release thermal energy through electromagnetic radiation, and measuring that radiation helps a pyrometer determine its temperature.
We often rely on various types of data storage in the modern day, utilizing storage to keep personal information, documents, pictures, work items, and other such data secure and safe. Memory cards are one of the most common types of data storage media present in devices, being a beneficial solution with their small and portable designs. While modern memory cards are quite advanced and reliable, all forms of data storage media face the risk of corruption, that of which may result from power shortages, improper removal, or other issues. While keeping backups of data is essential in case corruption ever occurs, one should still do their best to prevent corruption in the first place. In this blog, we will discuss some common tips that you may utilize to protect your memory card from damage.
Since their introduction as an upgrade to the carburetor in 1925, fuel injectors have become the default choice for modern gas-powered vehicles. Relying on either springs or an Electronic Control Unit, fuel injectors disperse a specific fuel-air mixture that is atomized to be used for quick, efficient combustion. Due to this capability, fuel injectors are crucial components on aircraft where precision is paramount. As such, it is important that pilots and engineers alike understand how these instruments work in order to best maintain them.
Storing data is an integral part of building any computing device. Although random access memory (RAM) suffices in supporting applications as they run, it is still necessary to maintain a local data device as well. In modern computing, consumers are typically presented with three storage source choices: HDDs, SSDs, and flash drives. Depending on the individual's application and access to cloud storage, the appropriate choice may vary significantly. With considerations such as life span, cost, speed, and storage space, it can be confusing to navigate the market. In this blog, we will discuss the nuances associated with flash drives, SSDs, and HDDs so that you may make an informed purchasing decision.
The single-aisle 737 has served as Boeing’s best-selling model for years, making up ¾ of its total backlog. Recently, the newly launched 737 Max has garnered this series of models more popularity as Boeing has promised the aircraft’s operating cost would be lower than its competitors. As such, this past year saw an incredible demand for the aircraft, with nearly 1,200 gross orders. The 737 is popular for three main reasons, those of which we will outline in this blog.
In general, the aircraft we are familiar with are typically painted white. While it may seem arbitrary, this coat of white paint specifically offers many advantages over leaving aircraft bare. This blog will briefly explore a few of the reasons aircraft are frequently white in color, beginning with the history behind such a decision, and outlining the current functions of this paint layer.
Graphics cards and video cards are two different devices that have been fairly interchangeable for years. Both may often be referred to as a GPU or graphics processing unit, and these components are used to process high-end graphics present in modern games and applications. While graphics cards and video cards do share much of the same design aspects and have overlapping roles, there are certain differences that set them apart. As such, we will discuss both options in brief detail, allowing you to better understand their minor variations.
Mobility and portability are advantageous features that electronic devices can have, allowing them to be transported and used in countless environments with ease. For an electronic device to function without a constant supply of power being provided through cabling, it will need a form of battery or battery pack. From car engines to telecommunication equipment, batteries of all types can be found, providing for countless applications and operations that we rely on. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of some of the most common batteries that are found in wireless electronic devices, allowing you to better identify each for the management of systems.
A spring clip is a type of machined clip that is utilized to hold cylindrical objects in place through spring tension. Furthermore, they can be used to connect or attach moving components within engines, mechanical equipment, and rotary applications. In this blog, we will be providing a brief overview of these distinctive devices and their varying types, allowing you to better understand how they work.
The discussion about airplane pointed noses and round noses has been around for quite awhile. If you ever checked in to the airport, waited for your flight, and looked outside, there will probably be two types of noses on airplanes. Some will have pointed designs, while others are more rounded or blunt in shape with no prongs at all.
In the realm of commercial aviation, Boeing and Airbus serve as the largest aircraft manufacturers with countless airliners relying on them to fill and maintain their fleet. As both companies produce similar aircraft models to achieve overlapping goals of passenger transportation, it can often be a little difficult to discern what model belongs to which company outside of obvious markings and specifications. This confusion is also bolstered by the individual branding that each airliner often applies to the fuselage of their aircraft, making it more difficult to tell the difference between planes. In this blog, we will discuss the difference between Airbus and Boeing aircraft, allowing you to spot each with ease.
Every aviator knows how crucial it is to have a well-performing aircraft engine. Modern engines are being built with longevity and performance in mind, but like any component, there comes a time when replacement is necessary. Therefore, it is important to consider the different variables at play when purchasing a new aircraft before you ever need one. In this article, we will look at some of the various factors one should consider when shopping for a new aircraft engine.
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