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Capabilities that aircraft engine mounts must possess

Viktoria Steiniger (Maternity Leave)
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Engine mounts attach the engine to the pylons. They are one of the most stressed parts on an aircraft. This makes the high-quality work of voestalpine BÖHLER Aerospace all the more important.

The pylon is the link that connects the engine and wing. On each pylon features a forward and aft engine mount – these affix the engine to the pylon. These mounts must withstand enormous stresses – especially during an aircraft’s takeoff and landing.

Strength at high temperatures

Because of waste heat from the engine, mounts must maintain their high strength even at temperatures of up to 500 °C. They must also possess high fracture toughness. “Engine mounts are produced for the life span of an aircraft – there aren’t any replacement parts here. And an aircraft is employed for an average of 25 to 30 years.

Each mount is unique

No aircraft is like another and every type of engine develops heat differently. As a consequence, each new engine mount is also unique. Depending on requirements, three different material groups are used at voestalpine BÖHLER Aerospace:

  • Nickel-based alloys: These steels are primarily used at extremely high temperatures.
  • Titanium alloys: Titanium weighs half as much as steel and is used where light weight is needed.
  • High-alloy steels: These primarily contain chromium and molybdenum and are used when especially high strength is needed at low temperatures.

Incidentally, the steel alloys are produced by the neighboring sister company, voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl.

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Viktoria Steiniger (Maternity Leave)