Originally Posted by billdonna
Yeah, stories can take off in a direction out of your control sometimes...
Just wondering about the engineering here. My triple clamp is a forging. As you must be aware of, parts machined from a billet are never as strong as the forged original. How did you address this safety issue ?
You're right to ask yourself questions ... A question you have to ask yourself BEFORE is: What type of aluminum the OEM is. And why. Some harder and higher PSI aluminium maybe inapropriate for environemental issues. Like road salts (which may not be an issue in avionic). Or life expectency (vibration et.c.). Then you are in a position to figure what kind of aluminum you can use for the job an maybe gain 10000 psi in extra with a judicious selection.
Forging is a cheap way to gain PSI as long as you have high production volume. But with some heat treatment, you can gain far more PSI then forging will ever bring you. An other way is simply to add aluminum. Thicker walls et.c. For a 1200 GS, it is not such a bad issue.
Spectrometer and metalurgic analysis is the only way to figure this out. Particularly with aluminum.
By the way, some forging looks sometime like it's a casting, particularly with aluminum.
This thread is very interesting.