Construction of Tubular Steel Fuselages, by  Vex Aviation

Construction of
Tubular Steel Fuselages

by Vex Aviation

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ISBN:
0977489604
Copyright Date:
2005
Edition:
1st
Pages:
158
Binding:
Paperback
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Construction of Tubular Steel Fuselages is written to assist the average mechanic or aircraft builder to produce a tubular steel airframe that is as good as one from the factory. The assembly methods in this manual are intended to produce a highly accurate fuselage in such a way that expansion and contraction occur symmetrically with no distortion. The techniques given including those on jigging and alignment methods will also help in rapid prototyping where a high degree of accuracy is necessary without elaborate welding jigs.

This book details the entire fuselage design and construction process in a practical way for the builder (not the engineer) including consideration for loads, evaluation and placement of fittings and joints, jigging, welding and other metal working techniques, tool use, and the actual step by step construction of top and bottom halves of a steel fuselage as well as the many sub assemblies common to every tubular aircraft fuselage type from J3 replicas to high performance aerobatic aircraft.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Welded Fuselage Construction and Design
    • terminology
    • axes
    • fuselage geometry
    • drawing conventions
    • weld design
    • materials
    • designing parts
  • Methods & Processes
    • steel
    • abrasives
    • welding
    • nonstructural attach points
    • corrosion and removal
    • cleaning and painting
    • metrology for jigging
  • Tools
  • Jig Tables
    • flat and level
    • materials
    • order of construction
  • Layout
    • centerlines
    • drawing tops and bottoms
  • Constructing the Top and Bottom
    • blocks
    • shims
    • longerons
    • constructing the top
    • constructing the bottom
  • Fitting the Top and Bottom
    • hangers
    • setting the bottom
    • firewall reference plates
    • setting the top
    • upright crossmembers
    • longerons on the firewall
  • Welding the Fuselage
    • welding the joints
    • longeron straightening caused by welding
    • starting welding
    • fabricating engine mount pads
    • finishing welding
    • rudder post
  • Horizontal/Vertical Stabilizer and Control Surfaces
  • Seats, Rollover Structures, Harness Installations
  • Appendix
    • attach points and connections
    • reference materials and suppliers
    • geometry
    • recommendations for 4130 steel

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