Commercial aircraft operate at elevations from ranging 30,000 to 45,000 feet and fly at speeds greater than 500 miles per hour. To achieve this, aircraft are powered by engines that spin at rates from 10,000 to 25,000 revolutions per minute. The reliable operation of these aircraft is a testament to the quality of modern aircraft engineering, aircraft maintenance & repair, and the quality of tools used to build and repair aircraft. The power and speed of aircraft result in a great deal of force being exerted on each part of the aircraft. Because of this, every single part of an aircraft, down to the last nut and bolt, must be secured in place properly.
The force that is used to put all these parts in place is torque. Torque is a measurement of the radial force exerted on a nut, bolt, or any other fastener. It is measured by multiplying the applied force by its distance from the application point. As the fastener turns, tension is created along the fastener’s shaft, holding it to the substrate (a surface to which another thing is attached). Torque is the deciding factor in whether or not a fastener will hold in place. If insufficient torque is applied, the fastener can come loose over time. If too much torque is applied, the fastener or substrate can be damaged. Because torque is so important, the tools used to implement fasteners are critical. Three of the most important precision torque tools are torque wrenches, torque screwdrivers, and power assembly tools.
A torque wrench is a type of wrench used to apply a specific torque to a fastener. It is typically in the form of a socket wrench and allows the user to pick a torque setting so it can perfectly match the specifications of a particular application. The drawback of this configuration is that it can suffer from inaccuracy because the friction between a fastener and substrate is difficult to account for - torque is the only factor that can be controlled. Similar to the torque wrench, the torque screwdriver is a screwdriver with special internal components to ensure tightening to a specific torque. Most torque screwdrivers will have different settings, allowing the user to choose from a wide-array of torque values within a certain range. These tools are equipped with a torque-limiting clutch that causes the tool to disengage when the preset torque has been reached. There are three types of torque-limiting clutches: cam-over, cushion, and auto shutoff. Each type is used in different screwdriver configurations for specific applications.
In addition to the torque-controlling wrenches and screwdrivers, power assembly tools are a significant help in ensuring faster, smarter, and more accurate fastening. Tools including electric screwdrivers, air screwdrivers, pulse tools, DC control tools, automated screwdrivers, torque arms, tool balancers, screw counters, screw presenters, pneumatic tool accessories, and power tool accessories can all be used to ensure the proper installation of nuts, bolts, screws, and other fasteners on an aircraft. For aircraft torque link repair parts, aircraft fastener accessories, and more, look no further than ASAP Aviation Unlimited.
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