Flight Control Manifold

 

A new flight control manifold casting produced by Alcoa Power and Propulsion has one of the most complex geometries ever manufactured using the investment casting process. The casting, made for aerospace manufacturer Parker Hannifin, is complex for a number of reasons: hollow serpentine passageways, compactness, asymmetry and net-shape surface areas. The flight control manifold is cast from an advanced titanium alloy. The combination of this titanium alloy and the investment casting process gives the flight control manifold the targeted combination of light weight and high strength. In addition, the investment casting process provides a high 'buy-to-fly' ratio for the customer's raw material requirements. More than 95 percent of the purchased material is used in the final casting.

Benefits 

  • Lighter weight
  • Reduced parts count
  • High material efficiency

 


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