For years, rubber and other materials were used to make gaskets and seals. Although these products worked, they had their drawbacks.
This week I welcome Dianne Zimnavoda, CEO of RCF Technologies. Headquartered in Vidalia, Ga., RCF has been a major supplier to the aerospace and aviation industries since 1975.
Selecting the right partner is the first step in obtaining proper seals and gaskets for each application, ensuring better performance and longer life.
In 1993, when she was still living in Los Angeles, Dianne Zimnavoda was contacted by the state of Georgia. “They had formed a consortium of power companies, universities, state government agencies, and they were looking specifically to recruit aerospace companies. Somehow we made their short list,” says Zimnavoda, president of RCF Technologies, the company her […]
Combustion requires three elements: heat, combustible material, and oxygen. Combined, they contribute to the sequence of reactions that cause incineration: Pyrolysis. This process occurs when a combustible material like plastic begins to soften and decompose under temperatures that exceed its thermal resistance capabilities. The decomposition of the material produces flammable gases (chain fragments or hydrogen […]
High-temperature materials are critical to aviation applications. Aircraft engines can reach temperatures as high as 2100°C, and vehicles at high altitudes are subject to extreme temperature fluctuations. To ensure safe and reliable operation, aircraft equipment and components must be capable of withstanding these temperatures, as well as high pressure, corrosion, vibrations, and impact. Fortunately, with […]