Aircraft Tube Bending
Typically, aircraft tube bending is characterized by a number of factors.
First, this particular type of tube bending often consists of tight radius
bends, some less than 1 X D. Also, the tube bending can include high
wall factors of 100 plus, and oftentimes, little or no straight between
bends. In addition, with aircraft tubes, there is minimal permitted
wall thinning (12 to 18 percent) and collapse (three to six percent).
This tube bending can introduce added complications, using a wide
range of tubing material, much of which has very poor elongation (12 to
18 percent). Another characteristic of aircraft tubes is its low
production with many frequent tool changes. Therefore, if the tube bending is not handled properly, this will add time to the production
process and challenge efficiency
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Another important factor in aircraft tube bending is ensuring the finest
quality material is used. For thin wall tube bending, which occurs frequently
in aircraft tubes, there are special considerations regarding the
material to be bent. To ensure consistent tubing dimensions and characteristics,
all material required for a tube bending job should be procured
from one supplier and should preferably be from the same lot or heat number.
Tools for Bending specializes in aircraft tube bending, and can
ensure the proper bending tools and processes such as these are being
used. In fact, Tools for Bending’s tube bending is so precise,
we refer to the precision as aircraft quality, or ACQ. Our tube
bending is of the highest degree of fit and finish. In addition, Tools
for Bending’s quality assurance program for its aircraft
manufacturing is certified by the largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft.
Ask a TFB representative about your aircraft tube bending